Sarah Elizabeth Adler,
Home is where the heart is — and these days, it’s where most of us are spending the majority of our time thanks to social distancing measures intended to keep us safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
From starting a new exercise routine to finally having the chance to sort through old photos, here’s what AARP readers wrote from around the country when we asked them to describe what they are doing to stay busy in these strange times in 10 words or so.
Calving season in Iowa. This Nana is busy!
— Mona Bond, Ankeny, Iowa
Attending weekly playwriting classes via Zoom instead of in person.
— Bruce Karp, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Sorting old photos and memorabilia and sharing special memories with family and friends via text.
— Cindy Smith, Arcadia, California
Visiting plants in my yard. Here’s the magnolia and me.
— Elisabeth Wheeler, Raleigh, North Carolina
Diet and exercise at home will yield results during COVID-19. I dropped my weight from 222 pounds on January 4th to 198 pounds [as of April 22].
— Gerry Pete, Millsboro, Delaware
I’ve been cross-stitching!
— Catherine S. Stewart, Idaho Falls, Idaho
We are eager to hear more stories about life at home. Are you baking, playing an instrument, reading to grandkids via Zoom?
Whatever it may be, please send a photo and a short description to email@example.com, including your first and last name, city and state, and a way to reach you by email or phone.
We may use your story as we continue to cover life during the coronavirus outbreak.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 1, 2020. It has been updated with user-submitted photos.
Sarah Elizabeth Adler is a writer based in Washington, D.C. She has written about science, art and culture for outlets including aarp.org, where she was previously a staff writer, The Atlantic and California magazine.