Reflections of a Spoiled Quarantined American

“Where is everybody going, and why are they in such a hurry?” my mother-in-law asked one day as I drove her to the store.

Originally, I thought she meant the traffic speed, or the number of cars on the road. But Dorothy, at age 91, overflowed with wisdom. She scrunched up her face, highlighting the insanity of our jet-paced, American culture.


Dot regularly expressed embarrassment over her lack of education. By age ten, she was driving the horse and buggy to town. Her gnarled, large hands told a profound part of her story. After seventh grade, she dropped out of school to pick beats in order to help support the family.

Yet I marveled at the magnitude of her wisdom. If only everyone could share a few drops of her common sense, the world would spin more smoothly.

The snapshot where this precious woman asked why our culture is so insane is forever branded into my heart.

What would my mother-in-law say if she were alive today? Dorothy passed away many years ago. But I wonder what she would say about how the world has slowed down due to the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Perhaps we have all learned a landslide of priceless lessons the past few months. Sometimes it feels like God said, “Take a time out, and remember what’s truly important.” Like loving parents giving their children time-outs to reflect on their behavior.


And so here we are, quarantined in our rooms, so to speak. In many respects, perhaps we have all been spoiled, quarantined Americans. Here are some lessons the quarantine offers:

• Check on your neighbors and figure out ways to bless them. Love your neighbor as yourself is a golden investment.
• Use what you have. Don’t be so anxious to buy this or that. Make do with the belongings you have been blessed with.
• Wash your hands and cleanse your heart.
• Appreciate toilet paper!
• Never take people for granted.
• Live gratefully; most people in the world live on less than two dollars a day.
• Enjoy home cooking at the table with loved ones. Your cell phone isn’t a loved one.
• Remember what is profoundly important.

And occasionally ask yourself, “Where are you going, and why are you in such a hurry?” ~

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