Traveling by car through Middle America in this time of viral outbreak has been a very interesting experience for this New Yorker. Throughout the trip we’ve been stopping off at gas stations to refuel, and at little minimarts to pick up snacks and just as an excuse to stretch our legs.
Of course everyone we meet is taking precautions. People have figured out how to open doors without touching door handles. Everyone is aware of the need to avoid direct physical contact and to keep a safe distance when talking together.
But unlike the people you encounter in New York City, everyone we meet is incredibly polite and friendly. People say hello, wish you a good day when you leave, and are genuinely warm to strangers.
Even in the midst of a plague, people in Middle America are really nice to one another. There’s something to be learned from that.