Father Joseph V. Corpora, CSC, ’76, ’83M.Div. | July 3, 2020
The weather here in South Bend has been spectacular, perfect for bike rides. On a recent ride, while biking up Notre Dame Avenue, I got a flat.
Later that day I took my bike to a shop to get the flat fixed. The clerk apologized several times that the tube I needed was not in stock. “They are all on back order from China,” he said. He went on to explain, “China was shut down January, February and March because of the virus, and they are just now starting to catch up on back orders.” He invited me to call back in a week to see if the correct size tube had arrived. I thanked him.
I do believe, as so many have said, “All things are connected.” While driving back to campus, however, this thought hit me in a different way. Our feelings about trade with China do not really matter. Thousands of bike shops across the country import parts from China. And the tube for my bike is one of those parts! All things are connected.
We continue to learn from this pandemic that we have been living through for many months and, most likely, will continue living through and learning from for more months to come. If bike parts from China connect to repair shops in South Bend, we are so aware that all things are connected.
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