Ina and Jeffrey Garten have found a silver lining in the pandemic: more together time. While some can't wait to resume their pre-quarantine lives, Ina thinks those days were just practice for the big leagues, when they suddenly found themselves spending every waking moment together.
"I feel like I prepared my whole life to be quarantined, or working towards a place where we could be quarantined," Garten told People. "Jeffrey writes and he teaches remotely, and I think [he] is going to look back on these days as the good old days. I make him lunch, I make him dinner and he's home all the time."
While most couples who can work from home have been seeing more of each other lately, it's a particularly big shift for the Gartens, who were normally separated during the week—Ina in their home in East Hampton, and Jeffrey working in New Haven as the dean of the Yale School of Management.
"When I started [my food store] Barefoot Contessa in 1978, I was living in the Hamptons, and there's nothing he can do here," Ina explained. "So he was always commuting from New York or he was commuting from Washington when he was in the government, or he was commuting from Kenya when he was working with the government of Kenya. He would always leave on Monday and come back on Friday and I stayed in one place."
The Food Network star continued, "I always wondered what it was going to be like when he retired," Ina adds. "And when this happened, I thought, oh, I guess that's what's it's going to be like. I have to say, it's great. I miss my friends and I miss dinner parties in the kitchen with six people, but being able to see people socially distant goes a long way. We can get through this."
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