The shelter in place order is still in effect. Walking is permitted to stay in shape. Round is my shape, whether I walk or not…but walking is good for the soul.
I have, like a few hundred million others, stepped off the treadmill. Life in the fast lane isn’t possible anymore. Unless you are a First Responder, Grocery Clerk, Delivery Person, or work at a Pharmacy…those folks are bordering on overwhelm, burnout, and crashing.
For me it is not like that. So what did I do today?
I listened to a few hours of Piano/Cello covers. Nice.
I walked for sixty minutes through a deserted park with a creek running through it. The music and song provided by birds, the wind, and bubbling water in the stream. Nature is her own symphony.
I read a book from cover to cover over the last three days…sipping my tea and enjoying the slow pace.
I drew a picture - and Kathy colored it in. It is the one you see for this Story.
I marveled at the clear air. I saw a great collage of photos on the Internet of what the air in forty major cities around the world looked like back on March 1st, and then what those same vantage points look like today. Wow.
The air is cleaner. You can see the Himalayas from some cities that haven’t seen them in decades. LA has air now that isn’t yellow. Venice has dolphins frolicking in the canals. Trees, flowers, birds, bugs, animals of all kinds are thriving. Our parks have returned to the animals, and they seem to be enjoying the outdoors as much as we are now.
I read two poems my daughters wrote- one published, one unpublished, both marvelous. I got a note from my friend in England that made me laugh:
“They aren’t asking us to storm the beaches of Normandy, they are just asking we stay home and watch Netflix for a bit.”
My friend who has been married for fifty four years, made me laugh with his email today:
“Kevin, it is easy for me to Social Distance. I have been married for fifty four years. Nobody has touched me in a decade.”
I also watched three Youtube Channels of people living on their narrowboats and how they are coping with the lockdown. Cruising the Cut - is my favorite.
I took a nap. Then another. Then…more tea.
Tonight Kathy will come home tired from being an essential worker. I shall make her supper, bring her bottled water and her Social Media iPod. Later we will play cards and watch one episode of Grand Designs. Then she will binge watch “Better Call Saul”, and I shall sit on the porch listening to golden oldies from my youth…sipping yet another cup of tea.
Neither of us shall watch the NEWS. Instead we will look up at the sky and marvel that we can see the Milky Way…something we haven’t seen since we were kids in clear air.
The future will be something to chat about. With all this time to ponder- will we stop and think? Who knows?
I will get up in the middle of the night, as us old folks often do. Make some tea, and listen with all the lights off as the rain hits the roof.