How is everyone doing? Paul and I are managing, not loving it but grateful for so much. Every day I am thankful for my partner, for our home and pets and friends and food to eat. I am even more aware of my white privilege and am committed to being anti-racist in every way possible.
But the truth of this time is that the stress is incredible and we all feel it. Even though I’m not marching in the streets in the US I am there in spirit. On the one hand I can feel the change coming and on the other hand I am horrified where we are. And yes, I still am part of the “we” even though I don’t live in the US now.
For those of us living away from our home countries it is hard to watch it all in horror and fear for those we know and love. I feel like everyone’s mother and no one’s mother. I feel stripped of my family by the pandemic and the unrest. When will I ever be able to see them again? I can’t imagine flying to see them or entering into communities dealing with increasing numbers of people sick with the virus. And this is just the first wave! I read of hostilities towards people wearing masks. I just can’t imagine it.
But we are still lucky, no people close to us are sick and we have great access to video chat and can stay in close contact. The world is changing – it needs to change – but the path forward is unclear and the coming years will be difficult for everyone.
That’s a long way to say that it is a shockingly hard time right now for us, for you, for everyone. I hope that good will prevail and will contribute what I can towards making that happen.
I hope that all of you can find beauty in your life to give your attention to – a lovely bird singing, a soft dog to pet, a fragrant cup of tea and the sun rising in the East. Thank you for listening. Take care everyone.
Photo at the top is a developing guava (or guyaba)
Video is a couple of playful hummingbirds enjoying the sprinkler in our garden