The image above has nothing to do with anything that I’m writing about today. I need you to know that right off the bat. But I love the photograph as it features two things that bring me joy, the ocean and flowers.
We begin with a little something to make you smile, or if you’re like me, laugh, from my mother, of course.
And then there’s this, sent to me by a friend who was a Lieutenant in the Vietnam War. This didn’t make me smile, but I did learn a few things that I hadn’t realized, such as how many people died from the Spanish Flu.
Can I just say? Are we seriously complaining about wearing a little piece of cloth over our faces, when women strap themselves into bras that are like a vice grip around our breasts? Bras that often have underwires, straps that cut into the flesh on our backs, dig into our shoulders, with little complaint? Okay, so maybe there’s a little complaining going on amongst ourselves, and why shouldn’t there be? Bras can be seriously uncomfortable, wearing a mask? Not even close. And it’s not like wearing a bra protects us or anyone else from getting physically ill, but if seeing a braless woman does make you physically ill, then you’ve got a lot more to deal with than worrying about a face mask. I’m coming from the perspective of someone who was in the epicenter of the COVID19 pandemic. Someone who had a mobile morgue stationed just a few blocks from where we live, watched a close friend get very, very ill, so much so that he was amending his will, just in case things got even worse, someone who is still not 100% even though he was sick back in March. I don’t want anyone to go through any of that. It was horrifying. So please. We’ve got this, people. 💕
And then finally there’s this, because you need to meet my favorite kitten and dog team: This is Bailey and Simon.
My husband and I do a little reading every morning and then discuss, as a way to begin our day. This morning’s reading began with the quote from Pearl Buck – “Life without idealism is empty indeed. We must have hope or starve to death.” Which brings me full circle to the image I began this post with – the ocean and flowers, both of which bring me a sense of calm and with that calm comes hope for our world and for all the living beings on this planet.