A New World


Well, I decided to write a little something today and realized I haven’t written anything since April 12th. So, a little catching up is due. I’ve been learning to play the ukulele. Since I’m home bound, (which is not unusual for me) it’s giving me something to do and I really like it. I’ve only seen my kids and grand kids a couple times in the last six weeks and this bothers me. I spend more time with them than with any one. We do video calling but of course, it’s not the same.

We live in strange times. I went to a convenience store today to buy gas and pick up a couple things. No one in that store was wearing a mask. Not the customers, not even the workers. Welcome to the second coming. Most Americans live in blissful ignorance of the fact that the rest of the world sees us as ignorant. We have Black people pleading for their lives and White people demanding hair cuts. It just doesn’t make any sense. Our government can’t perform its most basic job of protecting the people and the people can’t come together to defeat a virus.

I had another trip to Ireland all planned and paid for that was canceled because of the virus. Fortunately I got a complete refund. Recently I heard from a friend I made on my last trip there, which brought back fond memories of the trip. Unfortunately when I went last time I wasn’t in a great frame of mind as I was still heavily mourning the loss of my wife. Things are much better now. I still miss her every day, and always will, but the missing has become like an old friend. When I think of her it’s like seeing someone I haven’t seen in a long time. The memories are good and warm.

So, onward and upward, as they say. The ukulele brings new music into my life, the writing is good, if infrequent. And I have my dog Sophie. She’s eight years old and still full of spit and vinegar. Eventually I will hug my grand kids, and my kids and this virus thing will be in the past. I hope it will change people, however. I hope people will see how precious life is and work toward a future that involves loving each other more and caring less about material things. Our current government leaders have got to go, to hopefully be replaced with ones who love leading more than they love money and power. For us to survive, change is essential.

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