4/2/20 22:17 Bethlehem, PA
This too shall pass and yet the question begs to be asked; when? I feel sorry for the families stuck inside their homes, dogs and cats as well. I have the serenity of a quiet house. I live with two other guys, each of us has a bedroom and we share the rest of the house. Not too bad of a place, but it can use some work. Be grateful. I am trying to be grateful at this time of uncertainty and yet I cherish the changes in nature. The trees are blooming, flowers are spouting and yet the silence looms in the streets. As if no one is outside to take in the rush of scents and colors. It’s young and fresh. The season. No more winter. I noticed a neighbor hanging their bed sheets out on the line and was envious, what a great day to let the sheets take in the sun and the breeze. I can find gratitude for seeing that or the other neighbor next to us, the one who I can see inside their house when the Venetian blinds are open or up, the one with the piano, TV and lamps, and their bird feeder which is attached with suction cups to their window. A pair of cardinals and many sparrows come to feed from it. Once a squirrel hopped up and the feeder crashed to the ground. They fixed it. Their cat watches the birds from the warmth of the room, his head darts back and forth till he accepts the fact, the birds are outside and he is still in the warmth of his room. And that has been my days so far. I miss hanging with the kids and watching something, popcorn and their laughter and yet if I was with them – their insanity - there is a good chance I will be off in another room. That is the fact of my life when we were all together, I was off in my room or in the den reading and trying to gain some serenity. What does the future hold? Possibilities and the living a clean and sober life, but it is one day at a time for me. I am not sure how long the visa process will take, but as long as Meli and I maintain our communication and humor, there is little we cannot get through. There are people dying, More than 5,000 in the US. Families are devastated, emotionally and financially. More than 6 million filed for unemployment and what would it be like for most if they were working? Living paycheck to paycheck and all of a sudden, they are hit with hardship, pain, fear. Bare down and consider who is around you and be grateful. “But we’re hungry.” Grateful for who is in your life and what they bring to you. Open a book and read, this is the time we waited for, we can discover ourselves for the first time and appreciate who we are. Let hope reign and fear ride in the back seat like a pain in the ass who wants to know when we’re going to get there. Let it pass.
Thank you for reading this and God bless you and your families.