March 20, 2020-
I awoke today to a sky that was mixed, in its promises for the day. As it happened, clouds came and went, allowing a basically sunny day. I spent much of the day reflecting on a piece that I had written in 1996, which my brother forwarded me, early this morning.
The day stayed mixed. I was not surprised to learn that work is delayed until April 13, at the earliest. Swinging by Raven Cafe, one of my hangouts, I ordered delectable mushroom soup and a lamb burger with sweet potato fries, as a take-out meal. Enjoying the soup, sitting outside, whilst watching the antics of a trio of dogs and talking with some of my mates, was arguably the high point of the day. I took the lamb burger and SPF home, so as not to be a canine tormentor. It tasted every bit at home,as it would have in public.
After catching up with my photo scanning project, on behalf of a longtime friend, I got a call to head out on a project for a revitalized Yavapai County Angels, delivering food boxes to an elder, picking up more supplies for further deliveries, over the next several days and visiting one of our local grocery stores, as my teammate was hoping against hope for paper products and loaves of bread to give to other elders. I found three fresh-baked loaves (packaged loaves went the way of toilet paper and most other items. These will go to some fortunate senior citizen.
The matter of the near future arose, as it always does of late. There is an ominous feeling, among many of the people I encountered. Everyone was rattled, to some extent or another, so I kept a low profile, though my saying that grocery stores were still open in states that were on lock-down provoked a furious response.
The tide is roiling. We can perform random acts of kindness, as many are choosing to do, or we can sequester ourselves in racism and intolerance of any divergent opinions, as even some close to me are starting to do. This is not a “Chinese” virus, or even an Asian virus, as the president and a few others keep claiming. It is a worldwide threat, no matter who, or what malevolent force, unleashed it. The whole of humanity has to move, in unison, to fight it.
I will continue to help in any way I can, for as long as my 69-year-old self is allowed, and as long as those who are committed to forcing drastic measures, such as martial law, are not allowed to hold sway, we will make progress, acting as a community.