I’ve spent some time in the last week thinking about this time last year. If my social media newsfeed is any indication, I’m not the only one. The novel coronavirus pandemic had arrived in Iowa, schools and businesses were closing, and most of us were doing our best to stay home, uncertain about how the coming days – or weeks – would play out.

It’s natural to mark anniversaries. We hold commemorative ceremonies, moments of silence, and sometimes even parties, to remember. We post photo memories on social media and we share stories about where we were, who we were with and what we were doing when something monumental happened. And, occasionally, we think about the lessons learned through our experiences.

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