Blog 1649 – 03.28.2020
So often we are so rocked to sleep by the seeming sameness of things that it takes unusual occurrences to awake us to the possibilities of life. Births and deaths are happening around us all the time but sometimes it takes a new threat, a new challenge, to get our attention and to stir our imagination.
With Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 all over the news and on most everyone’s lips and minds as well as orders, federal and local, to limit travel to emergencies only, these are indeed unusual times. But as the comforting Biblical phrase goes, “This too shall pass” and we will deal as best we can with what is happening now and it’s aftermath. As another more recent saying goes, “When you are up to your ass in alligators it is sometimes hard to remember that the original objective was to drain the swamp.” But then I am an optimistic and truly believe that all things work together for good. Granted sometimes, in the sticky middle of a new and challenging situation it may not seem so, but hold on and if it gets perhaps a bit too stressful just pretend that you are living someone else’s life.
I love to travel, to see new places, meet new and different people, but I also love to come home to the familiar, known, and equally if not more loved. I get what they call “cabin fever” if I am home too much or for a long period of time. Reading and watching movies, looking for things to add to the “Honey Do List” and ticking them off as they are completed helps as does my morning blog, Mockingbird Song email, and David Reads Children’s Books emails, but it can still be challenging to find things to occupy my mind and my hands for the rest of my waking hours without a job to go to. Many, perhaps most of my surviving sixty-nine or turning seventy year old contemporaries are retired and kicking back or wearing out rocking chairs or chasing grand children. Oh, I have been drawing Social Security checks for several years (they really come in handy now) but I also have continued to work a full-time job, paying off a lifetime of debts and planning yet to retire someday. Three months of relative retirement and I am more convinced than ever that it is just not for me. I try to write a little longer each day hoping that my writing career if it never becomes my bread and butter sole provider will at least become the thing that fills and makes feel complete the bigger part of my day. Reading, watching movies, listening to and making music will continue to be for me mostly research for that next piece of writing.
Someday, and I hope to live long enough to see it, a host of people will have an appetite for this blog and my other daily offerings. Thank you so much, those of you who already do. And to paraphrase the old Budweiser commercial, This one, though for me, is also for you. In these unusual times, stay safe, stay well, and I will see you on the other side.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad