Saturday, March 28, 2020

Overheard at Booth 1: Suddenly Everyone's at the Park

"One thing about Corona is that everyone is now enjoying the park.  I know it's terrible to say, but there is an upside to all this.  Yesterday when I was taking my early evening stroll, it suddenly hit me that there are tons more people there than usual, guys playing football on the small hill, kids playing frisbee with their dogs, families even having their dinner as a picnic.

"And I wondered, why hadn't these people been here before?  Is it just that they are tired of being cooped up in the house all day during the quarantine?

"And so I thought, you know, maybe it's because we are worked too hard.  This was about 6:15.  At this time, most people in this city would still be stuck in traffic, heading home from jobs that they got to at 7 in the morning.  11-12 hour days, with 2-3 hours extra jammed in traffic - most of these people just get home too damn exhausted to do anything but eat food they picked up on the way, watch some tv, go to bed.

"But everyone here was having more time for their kids, more time for their pets, more time for each other ... there is beauty in the midst of the madness.  There is hope in the middle of disease, and there is life that blossoms and shines, even during the times when we are all covered by the shadow of death."

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