It’s easy to focus on fear and uncertainty in today’s world of social isolation and self-quarantine. However, there are inevitably silver linings and we, the Gaddis Family (John, Kate, Grant (15) and Clare (12)), thought it would be fun to tell you a few of the things that have brought us joy recently. So without further ado, here’s our family’s list: • Not having to set an alarm to wake up in the morning (family) • Having John’s undivided attention to finally get a chance to talk through every…single….issue….ever….conceived (Kate with editing of this bullet point by John) • Getting a skateboard and learning to ollie for the first time (Clare) • Ordering carryout from Tacos Don Jose (which we affectionately have labelled “D….J….Tacos!” in the voice of DJ Khaled) (family) • “Grinding away” on video games (Grant and Clare) • Adopting “airport rules” when it comes to meal schedule (family) • Working on NFL mock drafts (John and Grant) • Organizing old football, basketball, and baseball cards (John) • Laughing at Gal Gadot’s celebrity-infused version of “Imagine” (John) • Watching virtual concerts (family) • Feeling like we’re in “Little House on the Prairie” every time we make our own coffee (John and Kate) • Watching the TV show Impractical Jokers (family) • Making homemade churros (Clare) • Listening to the Brene Brown podcast while walking the neighborhood with the dogs (Kate) • Finishing schoolwork by noon (Grant and Clare) • Finishing Tiger King on Netflix (John and Kate) • Using meth after watching Tiger King on Netflix (just checking to see if you’re still reading!) • Learning about Lil’ Huddy, the Hype House and TikTok from Clare (John) • Not having to watch baseball (John) • Sitting around the dinner table and talking, and not having to worry about the next practice, appointment or homework assignment (family) • Making up new reasons to get off the phone instead of “I’ve got to run!” (John and Kate) • Alphabetizing the spice rack (Kate) • Playing with Zoom backgrounds so that John looks like he’s on the set of the Office (John) • Compiling this list (family). We pray that you can find things in your life that bring you joy, or at least enough self-awareness and self-deprecation that you can laugh about the monotony of today’s world. We are so grateful to be part of a community where we can share the joys, and more importantly the struggles, that self-isolation can bring. We’d love to hear about any small joys that you have found during this period --- feel free to share them on the Left Hand facebook page.