They say every cloud has a silver lining—something valuable found amid something gloomy. The phrase likely stems from these lines in John Milton’s 1634 poem “Comus”:
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
The pandemic of COVID-19 has certainly been a sable cloud overhanging our planet. We invited you to tell us about your silver lining, in 19 words or fewer.
Here we present the winner and finalists:
Art history online and a lesson on Georges Seurat. Low-res, pixelated image or pointillist technique? I've learned the difference.
I’m no longer jealous of the cat. Naps, window watching, eating, and we’re both cats now.
San Francisco, California
Roommate fled the city leaving in her wake silence and an air-conditioner unit. Hopefully she won’t return until fall.
Brooklyn, New York
Delivering hot cocoa to a 97-year-old veteran makes you forget what was so important just an hour before.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Instead of beans, we bought a pool. Now we float and toast to life’s decisions, hoping summer never ends.
Compassion eased my quarantine blues when my neighbor's intuitive kindergartner scribbled in chalk "I Love Joyce" on my driveway.
Bronx, New York