One of the strangest consequences of Covidtide has been its effect on my syntax. Everything is up in the air — I don’t know whether I’ll be teaching in person or online this fall, my son is looking for work in Chicago, any of us could get sick or not get sick, if we get sick we could face anything from no symptoms at all to death, etc. etc. — and as a result I find that several times a day I start a sentence only to pause halfway through for caveats, hypotheticals, if/then conditionals … It’s rather exhausting. I feel like I’m back in my undergrad Symbolic Logic class drawing truth-trees. I’m looking forward to a time when people aren’t dying of this damned disease and I can utter straightforward declarative sentences again.