There are times when I think that, once we finish all of the phases of re-opening, everyday life will just pick up where it left off. The world looks normal. Is it really possible that danger lurks behind such a placid surface?
The flowers are blooming and the lake is often a beautiful shade of blue. And then, there are times when I think that a return to normal will never happen. The world has changed too much. I have changed so much since the shutdown began in March.
Four months ago. It feels like a lifetime, but it’s not. Simply understanding the truth and getting a grasp on what is truth and what is propaganda is very difficult. This has been my challenge.
The covid 19 virus is most definitely not under control, especially in the United States, where official response has varied dramatically, depending on who the official is.
And, now, because the infection rates are spiking in a number of states, Americans are banned from a variety of countries, including the European Union, Mexico, and Canada (“essential travel only”).
I think that the governments of these nations (and groups of nations) are wise to be cautious as the tweets from the White House flow ceaselessly:
We struggle to deal with so much loss, so much sickness. The names of the dead are recited every Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.
The numbers of the dead can be counted, but the loss of those people creates a void that cannot be filled. Our hearts break at the loss and even the flowers seem to be weeping.
How can we ever return to “normal”?