- I now know what clean air looks like. I always thought we had clean air here in the Pacific Northwest, but this is day after day clean and clear skies. The Olympic Mountains have been beautiful! Fewer gas-burning cars, pick-ups, and planes out there make a difference.
- People are kind. Almost without exception when I meet people walking, they will cross the road or walk clear out into the middle of the road in order to keep that six foot separation, but they almost always wave or smile as they do so.
- Yes, I feel sympathy for all those who are hurting–job losses, deaths of loved ones, etc. But I also have been feeling sorry for Suze Orman. Remember her? She preached financial responsibility at us for years and years on PBS. Perhaps she still is. Her first and strongest advice was always, “Have enough cash set aside to tide you over 3-4 months in case of an emergency.” Was anyone listening to her? Anyone? And yes, I do realize how difficult this is to do on a minimum wage job. Suze was the first person I thought of as jobs started closing down.
- I love the quiet! I’m used to hearing at least one siren and usually more daily on the highway up the hill from my house. Almost none now! And how did I not notice the airplane noise before? Fewer cars going by in front of my house means less noise. Boat ramps are closed. I am hearing no boating traffic. I have seen canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboards, and they are so beautifully silent!
- We are not giving our teens enough credit for their written language skills. I owe this realization to my sister. I have had more emails from my grandchildren and they are unusually well written. My sister commented that they seem to be “bilingual.” They can text friends or tweet in their abbreviated, casual style, but when they email their grandmother, they switch to very coherent, clear writing.
- I will never again go food shopping more than once a week. Why? With a little planning, I can save some gas and fuss.
- I have so much more appreciation for all those people who work the essential jobs who we fail to notice–farm laborers, medical workers of all kinds (including the cleaning crews), grocery store staff, scientists, and news writers who keep us up to date with facts and expert interviews.
- We need health care for all. When we all do better, we all do better! And people working low wage jobs or a couple of parttime jobs deserve health care. Some of those workers are caring for us now.
- I don’t know if I can attribute this to the virus, but I am seeing and hearing a lot of birds. No, not like years ago, when we used to see flocks regularly, but I’m more aware of them now. Perhaps it’s the quiet that makes me notice? In a time when bird populations are falling, this gives me just a tiny glimmer of hope.
- I have realized that if we can survive and come out of this very severe crisis (and I think we can), we are absolutely capable of removing war weapons from our streets. I’ve had people tell me it’s too late–there are too many. It’s not too late. We have the means and know how to do it. If we don’t have the will, then God help our children and grandchildren.
I’m sure I’ve learned more, but those are the ones that rise to the surface now. How about you? Have you had any insights?
Blessings as we continue on this journey. Continue to take care and be safe.