J.R.R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of The Ring “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
The world is a scary place right now. Of course, the world has always been a place that contains untold dangers, we are just acutely aware of them right now.
This has become a world where we are all a little more, or a lot more, cautious about our next door neighbors, or the person next to us in line at the grocery store. We are all a little more meticulous about cleaning anything that could have been breathed, sneezed, or coughed on by anyone, family or otherwise.
I am lucky to still have my job, but there are measures and safeguards that have been put into place that would have been unthinkable only a short time ago. For instance, everyone, guests and customers, are expected to wear face masks, for their own safety as well as that of everyone else in the building. Naturally some people do not like this fact; after all, who really wants to wear a mask? The fact remains, this requirement was put into effect based on guidelines from the CDC.
In Ohio, we are finally going to see the first of regular businesses open next week, though the governor is planning to all things to resume in stages. All we can do right now is keep going, and hold out hope that a cure is found, that no new cases or deaths are reported, and that things slowly go back to normal.
Still, not everything is all bad. Perhaps you’ve been able to use this enforced time at home to finish some of the projects on your to-do list or reconnect with your family. Maybe you’ve re-instituted family game night or family movie night. We’ve made time for picnics in local parks, and simple activities such as shared conversations while cooking, tending the garden, and venturing out for drive-through.
My husband and I have even found time to binge watch a couple of new shows we’ve haven’t seen before-Westworld, Season3, which is available from HBO or the app and is simply amazing. It takes the premise of the Michael Crichton book and the 1970s movie but completely reimagines it in a way that questions whether artificial intelligence can be just as real or valid as human life.
We’re also watching Penny Dreadful on Netflix, a show that originally appeared on Showtime and features a cast of assorted odd characters in Victorian England that reminds me of one of my old favorite movies, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, except this show has the potential to be much darker.
While there are a lot of scary things going on, and unpleasantness surrounding being “encouraged” to stay home, I urge you to look for the good in the situation. now is the time to think about our priorities, about what we want to do when life is back to “normal,” whatever that means.
I hope you find a way to brighten your day, and an early Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there!