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In need


Doing our best but in need of a break in the future as my better half reminded me tonight. Time away from home when it’s safe to travel and be out and about. Not that I don’t love my home. I certainly do and I’m very comfortable here.

But a nice king size bed and maybe room service and leaving the cell phone in the car and kicking back. Maybe sitting on a rocking chair overlooking a lake contemplating what someone else is going to fix us for dinner.

But all that is on a long hold I’m thinking. There is much to do in the next few months and it doesn’t include much of a break. In addition to adjustments that will continue to have to be made in our social interactions in stores, restaurants, sporting events, hospital visits and most things in life till a vaccine is available.

Will the jobs come back? Will the ones we have be there next year at this time? What new skills do I need?

And of course our most pressing issue and one that could take an incredible amount of energy is fixing a divided country. That one will certainly take time. But the motivation I see in a great many people is exciting and I’ll have to see what I can do to help make change happen. Besides voting of course. That’s a given for me.

Super Slash. Photo by Mike Hartley

Also, the role of the caregiver is back in play. Something I have no problem doing because it’s for people I love. But I do add that to the time of the day. I could do a whole post about it. But to sum it up for me. Yes, the term caregiver is accurate for the most part but there are vastly different ways of doing it. I don’t know how people do it as a job. One it’s pretty intense work. It’s emotionally and physically draining and that is why love and a personal connection are needed to sustain it and treat it with the love and devotion you went into it with the first day. It’s a hard thing to do. Sometimes experience helps, but it can also bring back some of the stresses you were so glad that were lifted after the first time. So get the help you need to pull it off both safely and with love.

Up and away into a Friday. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I think falling hurts more the older you get.
  • Think I’ll head out Friday or Saturday evening for some alone time. Practice some night photography.
  • Been down the last few days with the passing of my father inlaw, sorry for the absence.
  • These storms are rocking tonight.

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.

4 thoughts on “In need

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. Such hard times to try and comfort the living while having to social distance and being unable to convene in groups of more than 10.

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