I have never been a big fan of cliches. I’m not even a little fan of them.

“Everything happens for a reason.”

“Not in my world it doesn’t.”

“There are two sides to every coin.”


Why does the mind seem to gloss over the fact that a coin has three sides? What about the edge? Most people prefer “black or white” and “heads or tails” over living on the edge of anything, especially during these times.

So now that I’ve established the fact that I am not your average person, and my thought processes are miles and multiple dimensions away from average, let me reel in my far-out thoughts.

As an empathetic person, I don’t negate or minimize the physical, mental, emotional and financial pain that COVID-19 has caused so many people.

We have come to learn more about ourselves individually, socially and collectively during this unusual time in our lives. We have embarked on a journey of self-discovery.

We have fondly reminisced about loved ones and how we might have taken them for granted before this shelter-in-place began. We’ve learned to navigate Zoom and video chats just to bring us closer in spite of social distancing. Some of us have actually celebrated this alone time.

We’ve leaked extra tears we didn’t know were there. We’ve discovered extra funny bones as we’ve learned to laugh at our own contradictions and dual natures. We’ve learned how to be more appreciative and resourceful.

We are all in this together. This may sound like a cliche and a contradiction on my part, but COVID-19 has literally made this a truism.

So, for now, I’m out ... of this round anyway. I promise not to turn groovy into an overused, redundant and recycled cliché. Be safe everybody. And be groovy and nice to one another.

Joanne Dagonese is a writer, mother of five, grandmother of 10, educator and small business owner. Contact her at Jo@GoAndSeeJo.com