Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Life In A Time Of Crisis

I thought I would share how I'm coping with staying home alone. 

But I find it difficult to get started. 

When this virus first came here, I was worried about myself. I took some precautions and followed our governor's directions. I have stayed home now since March 15.

As time has gone by, my emotions have been all  over the place. I'm sure your's have too. This virus is novel on so many levels. 

Now, I'm no longer worrying about myself. 

Instead, I'm in awe of the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who risk their lives daily to help those who are so very ill. 

I'm so sorry Bill Withers died right now, when his song is played everywhere: Lean on me.......

Maybe he knew how important it would be, how much we would need to hear it, to play it, to sing it.

I worry about my niece and nephew-in-law, who are both social workers and necessary personnel. Out there, one dealing with children, the other with senior citizens. Difficult work, worthwhile work, and work that takes its toll on their lives. I see that and admire them so for not giving up, for caring, for finding the strength to do what has to be done.

Much more difficult now, with their own children at home, schools being closed. My niece works nights. I can't even imagine.

Home alone, I've been thinking. As we all do when we are alone. My thinking has gone like this:

America entered the second world war and the trajectory of the war changed. America saved Europe and won in the Pacific and the war ended.

When I first came here in the early 1960s, President Kennedy said we will go to the moon. America worked hard toward this goal and by 1969, our astronauts landed on the moon.

Now we can't even find enough face masks?

And, as the weather is getting warmer, beaches are opening again. On TV you see people, so many people, ignoring the pleas from our health experts, out sunning themselves, enjoying life like there's no tomorrow, which of course there may not be for some vulnerable people because of these idiots who just don't care. Sorry about that long sentence. 

Actually, how long is the acceptable length of a sentence in this marvelous English language? Let me know, please.

On my way home from getting my mail at the post office early this morning, I stopped for a train.

Transporting military vehicles, as far as I could see.

There's a certain war-like atmosphere to these pictures, I think. Hopefully from a film, not the real thing. I like the way they came out. 

And I'm so happy Sandra helped me get part 1 of my transfer of pictures to Google. Part 2 would be how to do it from my camera. 

But later for that.

This post doesn't have much to do with staying home alone with dogs. 

I will come up with that one soon. Meanwhile, I hope you all are doing OK and coping well with these necessary mandates -- all for the common good. 

Take care and stay well.


  1. I totally get what you are saying, we are supposed to be the greatest country in the world, the strongest and the one that gets things done and rescues other countries. I think part of what is wrong is the big orange baby that is in our white house. he is putting out mixed signals and making the people who voted for him think this is all hype...and instead of comforting words and listening to others, he has just now fired 3 more people... all of which has nothing to do with how you and I feel about this stay at home thing. I feel like my world is upside down and may not turn right side up.

  2. I know, the shortage of masks is unbelievable, isn't it? No one expected this but we won't be caught off guard again that's for sure! I know I won't be! Sounds like you are doing ok even by yourself.

  3. To fly completely off at a tangent, which I seem to be doing these days, for a reference on how long an English sentence can be, look at the last sentence in "Ulysses". Spoken by a woman, too!

    I had two chats with neighbors today, haven't seen them in weeks, and my voice was rusty with disuse!

  4. I understand this post. What happened to the USA? We were the "greatest" and now we have no supplies and people are dying. No plan to self quarantine across the US. What has happened to us? I am very disappointed in our current leadership, but I guess that is an entire separate conversation. Inger, glad that you are doing well and I hope you continue to do so. Please stay safe.

  5. The generation that survived so much are now dying, well into their 90s. We have never had such a horror come up on us.

    Even so, there is a spirit of optimism for a future we can hold onto. Keep well.

  6. They say Globality is to be blamed for the decline of nations ; it caused corruption, dependence on foreign work, etc....
    Anyway, stay strong and well, Inger!

  7. I'm in awe of those health care workers who put their health on the front line to take care of the sick. We still have such a long way to go before it gets better. It's difficult to destroy an enemy we can't see.
    I hope the world is learning some important lesson from this pandemic.
    Today I planted some sweet pepper seeds. There is always hope in a seed.

    Stay well and safe.
    Hugs, Julia

  8. I understood your sentence perfectly, and did not even notice that is was too long, like this one is! I sure understand. The young people who recklessly disregard the isolation orders are putting all of us at risk, including themselves. Most of them will survive if they get infected, but not most of the older people they infect. Your photos are beautiful! The train shots concerning. We all need JFK right now!

  9. Hi Inger - yes I feel for the health workers and wish your niece and nephew the best. We have some silly people here too ... the video gamer apps have been putting in reminders about 'stay home'; 'protect lives'; 'save NHS' = the three mantras the government's been exhorting us all to follow - - - and this was definitely not what is defined in English as a sentence!! The message is getting through ... but high-rise residents in London can't be easy.

    I wonder what the train was about ... just take care and all the very best. I'm glad I'm not completely alone, as I'm in town ... but yes - my voice could get rusty! Take care and all the best ... I am watching a horse chestnut spread its wings, with the flower candles following on ... thinking of you ... Hilary

  10. Like you I am totally amazed at the dedication of health care workers trying to push water up a hill. Too many of them are falling also due to the same flu they are fighting. I can't help but think we could have done so much better for them and for our citizens.
    Please stay safe.

  11. I am glad that you are safe. Here in Canada we're doing all we can to stay home and stop the spread. It is not easy and there will be an economic cost. I am proud that we are putting people ahead of profit. I am also hopeful that a vaccine will be developed soon.

  12. I do not understand greed and wastefulness. I never have and never will. even if it's just toilet paper.
    we stood in judgement of all the refugees who left their homelands with NOTHING! just to save their lives from torture and bombing and being shot. it was easy enough to watch from our safe ivory towers!
    and now... we're not so safe ourselves.
    perhaps we are reaping the carelessness and supposed wealth as a nation that we have worshiped as fools who think they're the GREATEST thing since sliced bread.
    we have wonderful and dedicated people like your niece and nephew working on the front lines.
    and you'd think people could comply with simple orders of staying in place?
    the majority of whiners are bored and only wonder when it will all be back to NORMAL!
    maybe our NORMAL needs adjustment! I dare not say more. I've already said too much.
    and I don't even consider myself a political person. it seems to me to be BEYOND politics. it's a matter of loving ALL others. of loving humanity itself.
    I dearly love the Brit's slogan for living through WWII... Keep Calm and Carry On!

  13. i enjoyed your post and sure hope your niece and nephew and everyone ...stays safe until this virus is done with us. not sure those are the right words. Wow, love your photos of the train. They do have a certain "feel" to them.

  14. A thoughtful post and when to make you think.
    I am thankful that I live where there aren't many people.

  15. I'm glad to hear you and the doggies are doing well!
    And some people are truly idiotic. If everyone stayed safe, this whole epidemic would have already ended.

  16. The military vehicles seem out of place to me. What could we need them for?


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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