Our world has been turned upside down. We’ve had to rethink how to shop and interact with people even our own family.

Fortunately, we are a creative society and have figured out how to do what needs to be done in new and creative ways. As much as we have to practice social distances we have found ways to interact from a distance. A neighborhood has boot camp in their driveways.

The biggest boon is Zoom. Family, friends, co-workers connect online. My family has had great fun using Zoom. One week we do Hollywood Squares, another time it’s Charades!

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We’ve put on our thinking caps to have fun while staying at home. Families are reconnecting with their spouses and children — playing games, baking cookies and even just having the time to talk to each other.

Among all the sadness people are finding ways to uplift each other. Children are drawing rainbows to hang on their front door or chalking the sidewalks with pictures and words of encouragement.

We’re checking on our elderly neighbors to ask if they need anything. We are the lucky ones who get to stay home. We can’t thank the front liners — nurses, doctors, cleaners, grocery store personnel, delivery men and women, to name a few. So many sacrificing for others. We can’t thank them enough.

We pray for the welfare of all —family, friends, co-workers, even strangers. Sometime, hopefully soon, we will slowly return to a new normal. Some businesses will return, some will not, but we will find a new path.

Let’s hope we become a kinder, gentler world.

Mary Ellen O’Boyle is a Westfield resident and a broker associate with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty on North Avenue.