Today I defied COVID to challenge me as I walked over to the Avdi’s with some homemade Jewish penicillin (matzah ball soup). We followed all the precautionary protocols. I served Avdi some soup in the sukkah, then cut some more branches for the roof and sides, while he took a nap on the trampoline. I also cut flowers for the customary Shabbat bouquets for their house, and even got one for myself for a change. Then I walked back home.
It was the best of both worlds: I got to get out of my apartment and see Avdi and co. and help them out a little, and I returned to my quarantine feeling less isolated. Maybe I’m tempting fate, but it was for a therapeutic cause.