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PRUNE & BLOOM

THE PANDEMIC

PRUNE

There are infinite disastrous effects from a global pandemic. We have all lived through this pandemic for a year now; I don’t need to list them out - we’ve lived it. Nothing can replace the lives of those loved ones we have lost. The loss of health, of businesses, of industries, of goals and dreams. In the grand scheme of things, there is no silver lining, no perspective shift that overcomes all the above. Period. However, as the eternal optimist, I do choose to see if there is a shred of good woven somewhere, anywhere, deep into the tapestry of suck that is the pandemic. Am I pro-pandemic because of this? Of course not. Since my father passed away, 32

the women in my family have become closer. Would I exchange this in a millisecond to have my dad back? Sorry ladies, but I do not need even that millisecond to decide. The new closeness I feel towards them, however, is still a good thing. I’m here today to share a good thing I think has come from the pandemic…and I’m going to call it the pandemic prune. The definition of “prune” according to Merriam Webster is as follows: “To reduce especially by eliminating superfluous matter;” “To remove as superfluous;” “To cut off or cut back parts of for better shape or more fruitful growth”

IFEA’s ie: the business of international events

Summer 2021

The pandemic prune, in many ways, has been forced upon us. Governmental closings, restrictions on gatherings, social distancing regulations and more - an infinite number of things have been removed from our lives without our asking. Many of these removed things are not “superfluous.” But, for the average American, I bet a good amount of these things are. (For those needing the definition of superfluous: “unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.”). In my pre-Covid life I had more than enough activities and expectations on my time. If I allow myself to be 100% honest, it has been kind of nice to be home on the weekends. To cook dinner in my home

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