If you’ve watched the Wizard of Oz a million times, as I have, then you’ll remember when Dorothy arrives in the Emerald City and learns about a horse of a different color. Well, my friends, this is March Madness of a completely different color…..
Just when I think I’ve seen it all……..Oil embargo (early 70s), 21% interest/Stagflation (late 70s/early 80s), HIV/AID epidemic (early 80s), housing recession (mid-80s), DotCom bust (late 80s), 9/11 (2001), Great Recession/housing & financial meltdown (2007-08) and lastly, but not least….Tom Brady becomes a Buc (2020).
So here we are in a Pandemic. Hubs and I are minding our social distancing and self- isolating.
Off the books is every national sporting event—basketball, golf, spring training. Just today the IOC announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would likely be rescheduled to 2021. Colleges and universities sent students home.
Nearly everything local is cancelled/closed….fundraisers, social events, state parks, schools, beaches, photo club, libraries, fitness centers, pools. My Mah Jongg games are on pause too. Close friends who own restaurants are really struggling to stay afloat with curbside/delivery service.
You already know all of this and it’s not fair to dump more…..I’ll balance by reminding us all what good things we still have—the list is long: sunrise, sunset, trees, pollen!, flowers–everthing is blooming!, moon, stars, clouds, birds, gators, bobcats, turtles, pets, family, friends, electricity, running water, food (except paper products!), seasonal fruit—oranges & strawberries, gasoline, books, love, humor, laughing, TV, rainbows and rainstorms, internet connections and compassion.
Local foundations are ramping up to provide emergency funds via the Season of Sharing program for folks who’ve lost their jobs or are having financial hardships in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties. Sharing as an FYI…maybe you’re looking for a way to help: https://www.cfsarasota.org/story-of-impact/COVID-19-Response
There is much to be grateful for.
We can FaceTime with family and friends—and in fact I chatted with my long time high school friend today—it was so good to hear her voice.
I want to remember what March 2020 was like and there’s no better way than to create a memory page.
What good things are you grateful for?