People once wished each other well on Independence Day by saying: "Have a glorious Fourth!"
A bit antique, perhaps, in the best of times, but a phrase you still heard. Until now.
Can you imagine well-wishers offering that sentiment this weekend, without a trace of irony or a wistful look?
Not likely, not in the summer of 2020, the summer of resurgent COVID-19 cases, of restaurants and beaches that had reopened only to close again — of workers recently returned to work who have been laid off again.