Hello Gentle Reader,
I hope this finds you well and taking advantage of good weather if where you live is having some right now. I am not a big fan of summer, but the Bay Area has been having mostly beautiful, if a bit on the hotter side, weather. Luckily, there are beaches within an hour drive, so I can just take a mini road trip and drive along the coast if it does get too warm for my liking.
As I add another verse to the song of my life, I am saddened by the situation that keeps us all separated, yet again. In any normal circumstance, Kind Reader, I don’t really enjoy celebrating my birthday. There are exceptions, of course. Dinner with my closest friends… Cake with cast mates… but since we have been required to be apart since March, I WANT to see all my beautiful friends. I WANT to be in the midst of a joyful crowd.
I am getting Zoom-ed out. I don’t know about you, Dear Reader, but do you find you have to put more energy into Zoom compared to when you were physically in the same room with the people you are meeting? I HATE meetings, but I would love to be around people now.
At this point, I am practically begging to go back to my survival job just so I can get out of my apartment before I give Ikea and Amazon all of my money! I have spent a good chunk of money on more furniture than the little apartment can allow. I know I should have saved it for future use, but that is how bored I am. I am spending just to have something to do.
I know keeping everyone safe is the HIGHEST priority. As it should be. I just feel like there is a peak when I reach my breaking point and actually walk out on the beach like so many people are doing now, BUT I will wear a mask. I’m not an asshole.
This current project I am working on is steeped in poetry, which is not really in my wheelhouse, but I am learning. I see that most of my works when compared to my cast mates is more whimsical than theirs. I am assuming that is my optimistic and upbeat nature coming through. I find it surprising because even when I feel like I just want to scream and kick at the world and burn down injustice, inside, I just want to share happiness.
Here, Gentle Reader is a snippet of a poem I wrote called “Knitting A Hat”
Cast on 96 stitches,
breathe and count
focus on the task at hand
Join into a round, careful they aren’t twisted,
96 little links holding hands
facing one another, patient
Work knit2/purl2, in the round until length desired,
round and around the columns grow
joined together to make something good
I’ve noticed the words “hands” and “grow” are featured several times throughout and I can only wonder if that is my deepest want. To be helpful. To be of use. To encourage. While those actionable wants are right there, RIGHT THERE, I am stuck, apart from others, and the wants I have. That is where the sadness comes from, I think. I have always been one to actively do something about what I want, and currently, I am limited by something other than the usual. I have found a way to get around “the usual” but this “other” is really kicking my ass.
So, yay, another birthday, but in truth, it will be just another day of the same.
I don’t say this to be a downer. I think I am just finally accepting that there won’t be crowd celebrations anymore. People will get together, but now it will be in smaller clusters. There will be no big street fairs, no art walks or Christmas in the Parks for the year. Just more days of the same. I used to be okay being by myself and I still am. I just can now confirm that I do have a limit on it.
And it has passed.
Until next time, Kind Reader… stay safe and alert and listen & learn.