While COVID has been a critical medical issue, this is what it did for me:
• I had the pleasure to speak to my children almost daily by Zoom. That’s because we all had time to do it, and we like each other. COVID brought us closer together because of it.
• I took on a major project to write a book on character improvement. It’s in its final stages. I had the pleasure to read and enjoy some of the great Jewish sages for many months.
• Writing on a Jewish theme, I stayed deeply in touch with my Judaism, which somewhat replaced going to my synagogue. I hope to share what I learned through the AJT.
• Though I miss them both, I saved money by not traveling and not eating out. It will make future trips and restaurants all the more enjoyable.
• My wife and I have become experts at 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were challenging, but when we finished a few of them, I glued the pieces together to remind us of the work we did.
• I have seen more movies, heard more politics on TV, and become more involved in the election than I ever thought. I am glad it will be over soon to begin with a new president.
Most of all, I am happy to still be alive and sharing my life with the woman I love. Getting old is not for sissies. There are aches and pains and I can’t do what I used to do, but I look forward to every day and the chance to make a contribution in whatever way I can. I pray you can do the same.
Allen Lipis is a regular columnist for the Atlanta Jewish Times.