Pat's Chat (Oct. 1)

The pandemic has forced many of us to walk for exercise which we used to get just going shopping or walking to town to eat.  I used to walk to Senior Center for the singing on Saturday afternoons.  Now we walk when it is cool enough, at dusk or after. 

One thing I have noticed when we are walking back after our walk and the cars on the street are facing us, their headlights are very bright.  We often must shield our eyes just to see.  Would it be dangerous if folks are driving on street-lighted streets for drivers to lower the high beams? It would certainly be kind to those who are walking. 

Another thing, when we are walking at night, we have been asked several times by delivery truck drivers for directions to certain numbers on the street.  Numbers on houses should be large enough to be seen.  Sometimes the driver must get out of the truck and walk up to the house to see the numbers and sometimes it is difficult to see the tiny numbers even if it is midday.  It is nearly impossible if the drivers are delivering packages in the evening or nighttime.  I wish there was a law that said house numbers should be a certain size.

One of the pastimes for these pandemic days is making up or finding humorous comments that have to do with the situation, the distancing and quarantining.  Here are some: 

“Can we all agree that for the next pandemic hair stylists will be considered essential services?”

“Did a load of pajamas so I would have clean clothes to wear to work tomorrow.”

“How soon after waking up is it okay to take a nap?” 

“If you see my kids outside picking weeds and crying – just keep on driving.  They are on a field trip.”  

“Thank you for the world so sweet.  Thank you for the food we eat.  Thank you for the birds that sing.  Thank you, Lord, for everything.”  If we sincerely repeated that final quote prayerfully several times a day, we might find we are not as lonely and miserable in the pandemic. 

“For the second part of this quarantine do we have to stay with the same family or are they going to relocate us?  Asking for a friend. 

“If you used rolling cloth towels back in the 80s at the gas stations – you are probably immune to everything.”

“I love you more than coffee but not always BEFORE coffee.” 

“Nobody sees a flower really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”  (quote from Georgie O’Keefe) During these pandemic days, we should have enough time to visit with our friends by phone, letter, email, text, greeting cards, etc.  




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