It looks like we may not have lost all the azaleas after all. I found these two buds reaching up today like torches raised in tribute to the coming spring.
It was a perfectly lovely day with a few white cotton ball clouds in the blue sky. It started out though with some news that I figured would be coming which is that August tested positive for Covid although he just has a little cough and no fever. Vergil's test still isn't in as far as I know but he went for a run this morning so he's feeling a lot better. Levon's school has been sending out notices that they've had some kids testing positive and so there you go. Jessie herself doesn't feel well but she's going to go into the hospital where she works for a test which is how they do it.
I haven't been feeling very good. My body aches and I'm slow and can't seem to get warm. I did take a test and it came up negative and I'll take another tomorrow if I still don't feel well. It's funny. I just finished listening to a book yesterday about the influenza pandemic that circled the globe with such morbidity in 1918. It was horrifying. And today I started listening to one of Elizabeth Strout's Lucy books (Lucy By The Sea) which takes place during the covid pandemic. You know, even though that happened like day before yesterday, it is still hard to call up that whole section of time when we isolated ourselves and could not hug our grandchildren or beloved friends, when each trip to the grocery store was a panicked experience, how we made masks of cloth and used coffee bag closures as nose pieces. But it did happen and it could happen again. The refrigerated trucks lined up to receive bodies from hospitals and mortuaries, the medical staffs who risked their lives daily without the proper protective gear. The schools shut down, the travel restrictions, the reports of mortality from each state, each county, each community. We humans do not learn from the past. We just don't. We act like such an event was a complete one-off and could never happen again.
Tra-la-la-la-la, we sing with our fingers in our ears.
Hey! Me too!
I got outside for a little while to plant my chard and do the tiniest bit of weeding. Look at the happy garlic.
And it is.
I asked him today what we should do if I do test positive. I mean- he was with the kids too and there's little doubt that he has been exposed to whatever it is that I have.
"I don't know," he said. "We sure did a lot of kissing last night."
But maybe I won't kiss him for a day or two.