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It’s OK and Not

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Which Direction to choose today. Photo by Mike Hartley
  • I’m working but I can’t go to work.
  • I’m talking to and seeing my children on Facetime and Zoom but I can’t hold and hug them.
  • I can see my friends in Zoom but we can’t click glasses when we toast or hug and exchange firm handshakes.
  • My parents haven’t been with us for some time but now I can’t visit their gravesite at Arlington.
  • I can have a BBQ but I can’t invite anyone to share it with as it comes off the grill.
  • I can listen to music but I can’t go to the concert.
  • I can shoot hoops in my driveway but I have nobody to play against.
  • I can go for a ride but usually, it’s to nowhere but back home.
  • I can wish someone a happy birthday but can’t share their cake.
  • I can work in the yard but nobody can tell me how good it looks.
  • My daughters can teach but there is no classroom.
  • I can go on vacation but there is nowhere to go.
  • I can watch sports but I’ve seen it all already.
  • I can watch sports talk shows but they talk about nothing.
  • I can enjoy a good meal from a restaurant but I can’t eat there.
  • I can hear birds singing and I wonder why they are so happy.
  • I can buy many things but I can’t go shopping.
  • I can go to the bank but I can’t see the teller.
  • I can play frisbee but only throwing it into the air back to myself.
  • I can look forward to retirement but I know this has delayed it.
  • I can watch a movie but not take my wife to one.
  • I can see my Mother and Father in law but only through a window.
  • I can see my hair needs a cut but I’m scared to try it myself.
  • I can be thankful for the health of my family and friends so far but I can’t stop the worry for them.

I’ve been staying a home pretty much through this whole event so far but yesterday went out to do some curbside pickup of groceries. I put a mask on for the first time and being I wear glasses I found myself fogging them up. I’ve got to get a better mask.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Good times can be had. Just not as many as before.
  • I’m enjoying reading a bit more lately. But it makes me tired.
  • I wonder how many people will want to move when this is over?

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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