This is not in any particular order and a lot of it comes from books or talking to my very smart Mom. It’s very sad but she died this past winter. No comparison to any of what’s happening now but still devastating for me. And hopefully I will come out the other side intact.
A difficult time in history. Indeed it is. There have been other horrible situations we have managed to live through and come out the other side. Horrible, horrible but we have soldiered through every time.
1918 flu pandemic. Tuberculosis outbreak. Measles, which we still do not have under control.
My Mom went away with her family every summer to enjoy an idyllic time with boats, cookouts on the beach, fun with cousins, etc. But when she came home when summer was over the boy across the street had died of polio. No one could go to swimming pools because of the risks involved of catching the disease were high. Does that sound familiar?
And, how about being in London during the Blitz ? Many, many people sent their children to the countryside in an effort to keep them safe from the bombing. Imagine putting your favorite people in the world on a train and hoping for the best?
Paint a painting, take a walk in your swirly dresses, never leave the house all day, walk by the pool, go surfing, wear your mask, eat some watermelon while thinking of Paul Newman, have a photo shoot, have breakfast at a boutique hotel in Paris, do some more thinkin’ about Paul Newman and, most importantly, love the one you love.
At this stage hopefully you recognize that Covid-19 has never stopped. It’s still here and we should all be continuing to practice all we’ve been told. My heroes are Dr. Fauci and the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. They do not sugar coat the news. Not trying to sound high and mighty but there you have it.
While stuck at home you have probably done all the stuff you were putting off like cleaning out closets, writing your passwords in a separate book so you don’t have to keep looking them up and cloroxed everything that isn’t nailed down. If you had a home project you had intended to do and haven’t done it then you’re probably never going to do it. Be honest with yourself and cross that one off the list. Maybe you’ve needlepointed the whole house! (I’m close) Some have done a lot of workouts with the tv. I didn’t say I had.
If you had to home school your children, big or small, hats off to you. I’m not sure I would have been able to pull that off. And if you and your partner had to do some tricky planning regarding who goes to work and who stays home and manages the kids then you are superstars.
You may have started to notice that the glass is not really half empty. A smile from a random stranger can make your day. People have been holding the door open for each other. Everyone is friendlier. The people who bring groceries to your car and people delivering take-out are super nice. Some people have connected with old friends, with surprising results! Some mending of fences has occurred in families, always a good thing. Find something to do that makes you happy.
Good morning! Please bear with me as I try to navigate my way through this format. Not terribly difficult but it’s taking a while to come back to me. For instance, I can’t figure out why I have two American flags on the previous post.
Put on your masks and have a socially distant picnic. This could involve two tables but just roll with it. Rum punch and a steak on the grill could surely lift your spirits!
As you can see, hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. You’ll see plumbago in my former garden with a nod to great days spent in Bermuda.