February 17 Day 711: Turning Point?

When all is said and done and the “Great Pandemic of 2020” is a distant memory, do we point to February 17, 2022 and say “we turned the corner and everything steadily improved from this moment forward?”

Dear God, I hope so.

What is my evidence?

  • The first daffodil. Nature’s indication of Spring. A sign of hope.
  • The majority of students attending class in person rather than remotely for the first time during Winter quarter 2022. And all students, at least all that I believe to be actively engaging, in attendance.
  • Metro Coffee, my favorite independent coffee shop, bustling with activity after class. So much so, that I took my 16 ounce nonfat latte to go.

May these trends indicate the first step towards a lasting and positive return to a maskless world of in-person interactions.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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