Adults Throwing Tantrums. Blame Pandemic?

In line recently at a Winn-Dixie supermarket in Florida, John DiDonna worried that a nearby shopper was standing too close for Covid-era comfort. Mr. DiDonna asked him to take a step back. The shopper, he says, stepped even closer.

Mr. DiDonna says he snapped. “Do you love me that much?” he barked. The other person argued back; Mr. DiDonna retorted with “a sprinkling of four-letter words,” he says. “Afterwards, I was mortified.”

The theater producer in Seminole County, Fla., says he has a shorter fuse these days after 18 long months of the pandemic, grappling with decisions about masks during rehearsals, employee vaccinations, and whether and how to continue performances. “It’s the navigating that’s exhausting,” he says.

















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