I had to start back at work this week. The changes necessary for COVID prevention are in place, and people are cooperating. I’ve had several months off and it felt good but strange to be behind the driver’s wheel again. The school bus feels very empty with only six passengers, but this was the decision of the school district to keep all of us safe, and I am grateful. With plenty of space in the large, 72 passenger bus, we can social distance.
Still, the silence feels weird. The students are ultra polite, yet glad to be back at some semblance of school. They get off the bus to people taking temperatures, and while I layover until the home run, I go back to the quiet work that I was pursuing this summer: My writing. But this too has changed. Now my work is more detailed, more considered, and condensed. I have less time to work, yet the time driving has offered me more reflective time. Food for thought.
Covid-19 has brought a lot of deaths to humanity. It has given us all pause, time to slow down, time to fear and time to think past the fear, if that is what we do, but for others, fear becomes a trap they don’t know how to break free of. This is a good sign to look for help. There are counselors offering help. I’m sure that information near you can be found online. Or turn to a friend, a friend who can listen. Sometimes all we need is that sense of touch, of being heard, of being seen.
Meanwhile life and death goes on, Covid-19 or no Covid-19. Life is a process that is always in motion. Covid-19 has made us stop, take stock, and… Listen? Speak up? Know what we stand for? It’s not just the Covid. The Earth is burning, trees that provide our oxygen are burning, children are still being born, the save the children organization is still asking for donations. Climate change is real and people are still falling in love and getting married. PETA is pushing its last animal cruelty cause, and people are still buying meat they believe comes from the grocery store. We have causes we love and causes we love to hate.
I still hope Trump will drop out of the presidential race.