Saturday, April 4, 2020


So, here we are, staying home in our 620-square-foot park model trailer in Tucson. Not returning to our place in Seattle for some undetermined number of weeks or months. Going nowhere except for acquiring food or medication. And riding bikes for exercise.

I have been in a couple of 12-step programs for over 20 years. I know I am powerless over the current situation, and that what we're going through now is truly one day at a time.

Very fortunately, I have a laptop. So I can
  • Connect with friends and family
  • Make purchases online
  • Keep up with the news
  • Work on the taxes when I get motivated enough
I have a six-inch stack of magazines to read. And half a dozen books.

I am getting reacquainted with my inner introvert.

I know that we are all in this together, and that we are all the same. I actually knew it four years ago, when I first started volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers. I suspect that many millions of people are learning it now, and I think that is a good thing.

I hope with all my heart that we learn from this global tragedy and that, once we're up and running again, we leave behind some of our useless or destructive ways and institute new practices for the good of all of us.


Linda Reeder said...

Yes. We can hope.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Hope is all we have. Everybody will be touched in some way and change will come. May it be for the better.

Celia said...

Hoping there will be changes for the better that come from this.

Bob Lowry said...

I believe the experience we are going through will result in some long term positive changes in our attitudes and behavior as a society and as individuals. At the very least we will become more grateful for what we do have and how adaptable we are.

Our library is closed through at least the end of the month and likely to extend that through May. I checked out 6 books two days before the shutdown but that won't be enough to keep me going. My wife reminded me of my long-ignored Kindle which may become my best new (old) friend.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Wow you really are stuck at you second home and one day at a time is all we can do. Keep well.

DJan said...

At least you are in a wonderful place surrounded by many like-minded friends. It's a tough time for so many, especially those without an income.

Tom said...

620 square feet for the two of you? You both must be very easy to get along with! But seriously, I hope you are right, that this turns out to be an opportunity to learn, and to develop our sympathy and tolerance for those who are different ... for we are all different, aren't we?