Guest Op-Ed: Scraps of Normalcy from Before the Pandemic

By James Dilday, President, Alexandra Ball Neighborhood Association

I texted a woman last week about the shutdown. We had been to a BPDA meeting for the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee at the school department building on March 2, 2020 and went out to eat afterwards. I ran across the receipt for our meal as I was preparing my taxes and realized that I had not seen her in over a year. The strange thing is that we have adjusted to living a different type of life style over the last year. No public meetings, no restaurant dinners, no birthday celebrations with family and the like. Only a sense of seclusion from our normal life style which included interaction with family and friends. Hopefully with the vaccine being administered and smart compliance with the rules of wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, we as a country can beat this virus.

James Dilday is the President of the Alexandra Ball Neighborhood Association.

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