I am sure that, by now you, know what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic. You’ve watched several musical hand-washing videos, and, I hope, some lovely clips of Italians singing in unison from their balconies. (Siena did it best, in my humble opinion.)
With any luck you’ve also stocked up on canned tomatoes, frozen peas, and maybe some pasta. Frozen shrimp. Onions, garlic, root vegetables. Oh, and you’re well-provided with books and movies; the people you love are nearby.
Now we wait and hope that our medical infrastructure and the remarkably optimistic and persistent American people can carry us forward into stability.
I wish you all well, and that your personal society remains comforting even in distance.
Someone on Twitter recommended we write journals, in case this does truly become an historic event and we want to remember our unique personal reactions. Well, what ho, this is a blog! Here’s my little time capsule. I cannot remain wholly lugubrious.
- Who keeps buying all the dried beans! I had already changed out my diet, don’t I get some kind of legume loyalty points?
- Why do I now own frozen strawberries?
- I miss my father. On the other hand, my stepmother got him set up with FaceTime and he’s still super cute on video.
- It’s very quiet here in the Bay Area. Automobiles, usually roaring in the background, today barely even rumble.
- My thoughts are with my daughter, at one of the epicenters of the disease, keeping her head down and doing her job as a surgical resident.
- My thoughts are with my son. I hope what he creates from what he observes buoys him.
- My thoughts are with all my siblings, especially my youngest sister, who runs a school in Southern California. All those families sorting out how to cope.
My thoughts are also with all of you. I hope you and your loved ones and your communities (for we do not love everyone we know but we cannot wish them harm) are well. Shall we pretend I’m making you a strawberry smoothie? Because what else I’m going to do with those little fruits I cannot imagine.
Have a very safe weekend my dear friends.