March 25, 2020
Somehow things seemed better today, in the wind and the sunshine, even though I know they’re not. The fresh air felt so good. Driving fast on the highway with the windows down, everything seemed okay for a while, like I could blow all the bad news away, the way you air out the house after a long winter. It would be about time right now, wouldn’t it, to air things out? To let the wind that’s still a little cold blow through the open windows.
It makes you want to keep on driving, you know? Just keep driving with the wind and the sunshine. As if you could outrun everything, right? As if things would be okay as long as you were there in the car with the wind and the sunshine, just as long as you keep driving.
It’s taken me a long time to get to this point, but I think I have to start writing a column again. I miss talking to you, more than just saying hello at the grocery store. That’s where people stop me, you know, at the grocery store. More than at restaurants, even. Maybe because when you can see into someone’s grocery cart, you see into their life a little bit. Like right now, in the stores, you can see that we’re all afraid. But in better times, people just say hello or ask me what I’m cooking, or even ask me where to find something. And that makes me happy. Especially now. Especially when we’re afraid.
So hello! I hope you’re all okay.