We’re on lockdown, but allowed to get out and get some exercise. Thankfully, the weather has been cooperating. I think it was almost 90 degrees this passed weekend! Since life is a bit slower lately, I’ve felt that pull to use my camera more and create. I took my camera with us and got some interesting pictures.
These two pictures were on my memory card from a trip to GA and our first trip to a local park back in September. Nora has grown so much since then!
There were quite a few people at Jetton Park that’s on Lake Norman, so much so that people were out right exclaiming that they’ve never seen so many people there before the virus.
Most people are practicing Social Distancing, but the vibe was not of a pandemic or crisis.
There are a few beaches and rocks near the water, which is a nice change from our little subdivision.
It was a bright sunny day. Not like today with a high of 60 and clouds. For whatever reason, the kids really didn’t want to go. They somewhat made the best of it, but the kids are getting older and less excited about leaving the house and their friends. It was nice to get out in the sunshine and have a change of scenery, but as much as we’d like to pretend our life hasn’t been turned upside down, it has and we’re also not comfortable yet in our new city. Everything is still new and we haven’t found a favorite place yet. Except the library…which is closed. We’re trying to stay positive, but we also miss family. I hope everyone is staying safe and finding ways to entertain themselves. I know it’s hard to stay home and hard for those that are essential and must return to work daily, but we can do this and hope for good to come of it. I think about those who have gotten the virus and those who have died. It make s me angry to think it could possibly have been prevented, but I’m also a very practical person who can compartmentalize emotion and understand that people do die. I’m sad for the families, especially because they can’t be together for risk of exposure. I’m sad for the mamas who aren’t allowed to have their partners or doulas with them while they labor and give birth. It doesn’t seem fair, but life isn’t fair. I’m reading online about the affluent and privileged fleeing NYC to their second and third homes while whole families are hunkered down in 500 sq ft apartments.
This virus has revealed a lot about people, companies, our government. There are those who are compassionate and helping those less fortunate or those beholden to them. Landlords waiving April’s rent, for example. Celebrities are equally ambivalent and generous, either complaining that they are bored in their mansions or donating millions to hospitals for PPE (Rihanna) or bringing hospital employees lunch (Lizzo). Some companies are continuing to pay their employees while they have cut hours or giving them extra paid sick leave, while others ignore the plight of their employees not even giving them PPE or hazard pay though they are making twice as much off the backs of these underpaid employees (Amazon). On the local level, dentists close up shop at a moment’s notice, barely alerting their patient’s or treat some patient’s as special ignoring the CDC while holding other’s to that standard. However, we are all just surviving. We are all, I think, doing our best in a bad situation and bad situations reveal our character. Some people rise to the occasion while others simply do not. We all need grace and accountability and it’s still my hope that people will rise.