A moment of Zen

Here’s a happy story you may have read or heard from Europe–at the Denmark/German border, which is closed due to COVID-19.

On most days, Tüchsen Hansen, 89, rides his electric bicycle from his home in the north of Germany. Inga Rasmussen, 85, rides in her Toyota Yaris from her home in the south of Denmark.

She brings coffee and a table. He brings schnapps and chairs. They say they practice appropriate social distancing. Mr. Hansen is a retired farmer. He told New York Times reporter Patrick Kingsley that “love is the best thing in the world.”

Ms. Rasmussen, a former caterer, met Mr. Hansen two summers ago at a strawberry stand near a traffic circle. He was on his way to deliver some flowers to a Danish widow he had known for many years. Apparently it was a good conversation at the strawberry stand, because he gave the flowers instead to Ms. Rasmussen.

The story has been picked up by numerous media outlets, including the BBC and the Daily Mail.

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