COVID-19 Unclouded Days

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Posted By Paula Nourse

By the time the COVID-19 crisis ends, I may have friends or loved ones who have died. I could get sick, never find another job, and lose my retirement funds. But like you, I am committed to following virus mitigation guidelines while staring down COVID-19.

For the first time in our lifetimes, the majority of drivers on the planet have stopped driving? While banished to time-out inside our homes, we are cleaning the air. The decrease in carbon emissions is visible from space. Also, the concussions and assaults usually inflicted on the earth by drilling, fracking, and excavating have nearly ceased.

Families run, walk, bike, scoot, stroll and roll through my neighborhood in groups while keeping 6-feet distance. They call it “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” and their children count teddy bears homeowners have placed on their porches and in windows.

People make homemade masks for health care personnel on the front lines and take to their feet in standing ovations to support health care heroes. Around the world, many leave the safety of their homes to help others who have less.

The one mask I made before my machine froze.

I couldn’t write for a while. I got stuck in the 24/7 COVID-19 news continuous news cycle, and the comment bubble over my head went dark. And then, as in the words of the Staple Singers, the universe informed me “of an uncloudy day.” Planet Earth photo, Courtesy of NASA.

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