As I get older, I realize the thing I value the most is good-heartedness.
~ Alice Walker
Many of us sense in the time of this current pandemic a great opportunity: it is as if we have collectively been sent indoors to do our essential human homework, to hit the pause button on our hyper-accelerating lives and reflect on what is really of value. It is to get into our hearts; to discover that being human is a magnificent thing; that each human being is a uniquely formed stream of creativity so perfectly designed to flow into communal rivers of renewal and into a great tidal shift that moves us in the years ahead to declare, “Powered by love? Indeed the whole thing is powered by love: every forest, every lake, every creature, every human, every galaxy is powered by love—by a love as potent and creative as we allow it to be.”
~ James O’Dea
We finally got some rain over the weekend. It was a relief to wake up on Saturday morning and listen to the rainfall. There were rumbles of thunder, flashes of lightning, and gusts of wind to go with the rain. I can’t remember the last time I felt so blessed by a rainy day. I thoroughly enjoyed the break from the bright sunlight and the heat of summer. The earth and plants are much more lively. So lively, in fact, that on Saturday afternoon the boys and I watched as the trees did their own dance of joy as the wind played with their branches and leaves.
Aside from the thunder, the pounding of heavy rain, and the boisterous noise of boys, it was a sort of quiet weekend. I suppose that’s true for a lot of folks who are not going out much these days. We hung out at Breezy Acres or over here at what the Little Wookie has been calling our “summer home.”
This week we are filling in for the babysitter so that the boy’s mum can work. Fortunately, she does much of her work from home so there is no risk of exposure. The babysitter is on vacation, or more likely, a staycation.
Today’s weather has been absolutely amazing. Sunny, breezy, mild. Tomorrow is forecast to be similar. After that, summer heat and humidity will be returning, with a vengeance as if to make up for the mild days. But what else would you expect in July? Almost mid-July. Wow. Time has been speeding by since we landed here on the first of July.
Everyone is still healthy and well. Fingers crossed and prayers said that it stays that way. I am so, so tired of the way the U.S. government has not responded well to this. It seems all of the isolation in the early months was just tossed on the rubbish heap by a man who thinks of no one other than himself.
I am also weary of the rudeness and selfishness of some humans. M and I were pulling out the driveway this afternoon in our pickup truck after M ascertained that it was safe to do so. There was a man on a motorcycle WAY down at the bottom of the big hill, far enough away that if he had been driving the speed limit, we would not be cutting him off. Not too long after we pulled out, he came roaring and speeding by, no helmet on his head (a future organ donor, as a friend calls the guys who ride motorcycles without helmets), waving his arm overhead, middle finger extended as he looked back at us with a growl and a snarl on his face. This is not the first time I’ve encountered the middle finger while on the road, but for some reason this made me incredibly and tearfully sad, that we humans treat each other that way.
Enough of the negativity. It pops up every now and then, and given that it’s part of how I feel, I’m letting it out occasionally. That doesn’t make for very peaceful blogs posts, does it? I’ll try to save the negative stuff for my journal. I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of it lately. I’m going to try for a more “powered by love” attitude, in blogging and in life.
That’s pretty much it from me for now. Thank you for visiting with me. Our sunsets continue to be lovely. It’s scheduled for 8:58 PM this evening. I’ll meet you by the cornfield and we’ll see what we can see.
Please be safe, be well, and be kind.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,471) Wonderful rain to soak the parched earth over the weekend. 1,472) Early morning hikes with the boys, looking for insects and crabapples and whatever else we can find. 1,473) This beautiful day we’ve been gifted. 1,474) Kindness. Let’s spread it around when we can. 1,475) The super power of love.