The text message came out on Monday.  “How about a socially distanced picnic in the apple orchard on Wednesday?  Weather looks good!”

With a bit more coordination, it was a go.  Seven friends could make it, all driving in separate cars.  We hiked up the hill—taking care to maintain distance.  We settled ourselves in a spot with a great overview of all the blossoming trees below us. We each ate our own lunches, because of course there is no sharing these days.  

A quick hour of conversation and laughs later, we returned back to our waiting conference calls, computer screens and email in-boxes. 

This is not a group that typically tries to gather for lunch—because most of us don’t work at home all the time.  Today’s lunch would not have happened if it were not for our strange lives right now.  Another silver lining identified and enjoyed.