Friday, April 17, 2020
This Is How It Is Right Now
I took picture that on a walk the other day. I have no idea what sort of butterfly it is. It's tiny. The flower it's on is no bigger than a quarter and I was amazed to see such a fully-patterned butterfly in such a small form.
I did take a walk today but I took no pictures. It was absolutely a for-my-health-and-wellbeing-I-must-move walk walk. I have noticed a great drop in the amount of roadkill I pass lately. I think about that and am glad. Less cars, less dead animals. Of course we could soon be overrun by armadillos as cars are their only known predators but they're sort of cool when they aren't living under your house pulling out the insulation and ductwork to make homes for their babies.
Also, there has to be a huge drop in the number of car accidents and fatalities. Fewer DUI's? And far less pollution from cars. There's probably a lot less regular flu and just plain colds going around because people aren't exposing themselves to others who have those things.
There are definitely upsides to this whole situation but once again I will completely admit that I am so lucky to be able to say that because neither my family or friends have not been directly affected by the virus. I'll be changing my tune real fast if that happens.
I was just talking to Lily who told me that some customers in Publix are being so rude. She acknowledges that folks are probably getting to the breaking point with stress and worries but it's not fair to take them out on people who are risking their lives to make sure there's toilet paper on the shelves, not to mention produce, milk, meat, bread, beer, and wine.
And you know- cookies and Cheese-Its.
Hank and Rachel came by today for a socially distanced visit. I handed over the masks I made them and some garden greens and eggs. We walked around the yard and then sat on some of Mr. Moon's benches which work just as well for humans to sit on as they do for plant pots to sit on. It was so, so nice to see them. Tomorrow was supposed to be their wedding day and they have some deep sadness about that not happening but as Hank said, after these last weeks of being together all the time and still being able to crack each other up and wake up glad to see each other, they are more sure than ever that they want to be wed.
I find that rather beautiful.
They've ordered a little cake to pick up and are going to get food from a favorite restaurant for take-out tomorrow and have arranged everything so that they can spend the day entirely together, celebrating what should have been a much bigger and more public celebration. Our family is giving them love for sure and the wedding will happen at some point.
And beyond that, all is as sweet as it could be here right now. I have a tendency to feel guilty about how sweet I'm having it. But to be honest- having an excellent excuse to not have to go out into public, to not have to deal with traffic and commerce- well, it's a dream come true.
Which should probably disturb me or at least give me pause. I feel as if I'm drifting along on a cloud of ease, doing only the things I want to do, enjoying the smallest details of a very small life, appreciating each and every meal and bloom and bird song and text of support and love from my family and friends and and every hug and word of appreciation and love from my husband.
I am overwhelmed with it all.
I am vastly sorry that it's taken a global pandemic to force me to the most basic part of my true human needs but here we are.
As always, I can only say this from a place of privilege due to so many things that I have not done one thing to earn.
But for today, this is how I am feeling.
Did you know that tomorrow night there's going to be a huge concert special broadcast almost everywhere, organized by Lady Gaga? That there are going to be so many people playing in support of health care workers around the world and the U.N.'s Foundation's Covid-19 response fund? Well, there is. And guess who is going to be playing along with many, many others?
You guessed it. The Rolling Stones.
The thought of being able to see Keith's old beautiful face in real time makes me happier than you can know.
I'll be watching.
It's Friday, y'all. I hope you are happy. And safe. And well.
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excited to see concert on our way too big screen which will be so much mo bettah than NEWS, which is not News at all. Sad about the wedding but like you said it will happen some day and it will be an even bigger celebration having lived though a pandemic and orange gas. So glad they could come for a visit. That tiny butterfly is magic! I do believe that fairies live there!ReplyDelete
Pretty sure that fairies do live around here somewhere.Delete
I think that Hank and Rachel have had a sweet day!
that butterfly could be a checkerspot. I looked at the link but it didn't say what channel on TV. as for Hank and Rachael, two people really are married from the moment they both agree to be so. the rest is just a party to celebrate and what a party it will be when it finally happens.ReplyDelete
A LOT of channels. All the main networks, I think. And it's going to be streaming, too.Delete
And I agree with you about the marriage.
Sending you a smile. Will be excited to see that concert. Good wishes to Hank and Rachel.ReplyDelete
I hope I can stay up late enough if the Stones are on very late.Delete
Happy wedding day in spirit to Hank and Rachel! Such a lovely couple of souls. I am glad you are at peace, dear Mary. May it continue. I feel somewhat the same, so long as none of us gets ill. So far so good. Hugs.ReplyDelete
SO LONG AS NONE OF US GET ILL! So let's just not do that- okay?Delete
Love you, dear woman.
That tiny butterfly could live in a little glass button I treasure.ReplyDelete
We'll all still be here for the big wedding. I am so happy for them.
And thanks for the link.
"We'll all still be here for the big wedding."Delete
That made my heart swell, Joanne. Thank you.
Yes, they are married from the moment they decide to be. But a wedding will be nice, just to confirm it!ReplyDelete
I love butterflies, and it's lucky to catch one posing on a flower. Don't feel guilty about enjoying your life right now. Just enjoy your days.
Thank you, Boud. I am trying not to feel guilty but it's my default emotion.Delete
Wasn't that a sweet little butterfly?
There's not much to look forward to recently so I've been counting down the days to see the show tomorrow night. This should be a good one. I send my best to Hank and Rachel. Who knows, things may work out even better for them when they do get to have the wedding.ReplyDelete
You know Bonnie- you are right about things maybe even working out better when they do get to have the wedding. Enjoy the show tonight!Delete
I have just heard that Keith Richards is feeling poorly so he is going to be replaced on lead guitar by America's own wild child - Jared Kushner. As for Hank and Rachel - what a shame that their wedding plans have had to be shelved. Perhaps this time next year all will be well - just a delay in proceedings.ReplyDelete
Mr. P. You cannot even joke around about things like that. Not when it's about Keith. I know I'm ridiculous but that's the way it is.Delete
A delay in proceedings- exactly!
Your post made me smile and reminded me of the good things in life. Thank you for that.ReplyDelete
Take care woman.
You take care too!Delete
sending love to dear hank and rachel.ReplyDelete
Thank you, sweetie!Delete
I believe the butterfly is a pearl crescent.ReplyDelete
Apparently there's a lot of coloring variation in the species, but that's what it looks like to me. I've seen them in Jacksonville.
I'm glad Hank and Rachel are at least confirmed in their intentions, even if their plans have to wait. One of Dave's colleagues cancelled her wedding this summer, too. I'm guessing all the businesses that support weddings are going to have a dry year, but things will probably boom in the next year or two to come!
Thanks for the ID, Steve! You're probably right.Delete
You're probably right about the wedding business too.
There is never a good excuse for bad behavior, even during a Time of Pandemic. So people who are rude now likely had the inkling before. I simply must get out for more walks and bring my camera, hard to be a Pathological Picture Taker during Lock Down and my Blog is getting lean on Visuals. *LOL*ReplyDelete
Yeah. Rude people are just rude people, no matter what the circumstances and these circumstances can bring out the rude ones.Delete