I got up and went into the kitchen. It was snowing. Just a little bit at that point, but I knew more was on the way. They’ve been predicting it for weeks and it’s a huge storm. It’s still snowing in Chicago and New York. I think it’s snowing over most of the country from the mid-west to New England.
It was just a few light flakes when I got up this morning, but it got increasingly intense as the day progressed. It’s supposed to keep snowing through tomorrow and maybe into the early hours of Wednesday. We haven’t had a big snowstorm in a few years. It’s easy to get over-confident that it won’t happen, but don’t lose track of your shovels and that guy who plows the driveway.
Today, there were the usual birds at the feeders. Goldfinches, older, younger and a few adolescents. Titmouses. Nuthatches. On one branch of our tree, there were half a dozen Mourning Doves lined up, one after the other. Hunkered down because it was colder than most of the winter.
It’s supposed to be 60 degrees tomorrow and there are early buds on the trees. At least a month early and in some cases, more than two. The weather has been zephyr breeze-like from late Autumn until winter was officially past and Spring has technically come. So we got our first snow for the season today and it will all melt tomorrow.
I wonder how much of our current plague has to do with how badly we’ve treated the earth? No one has said anything about it, but the world is very different than it was merely ten years ago. The changes are deep, profound, and every bit as worrying as the current plague. As soon as we stop sheltering in our homes (those of us who are lucky enough to have homes in which to shelter) will be instantly sideswiped into the planetary crisis.
When we stop dying of plague and we have something resembling an economy, we will be back to the upcoming and not far-off death of our (human) position as the dominant species on planet Earth.
What is this world I am living in? I know how we got here — but I also don’t understand how so many of us let it go. Tomorrow was always another day while we were busy dealing with today’s issues.
We don’t seem able to plan ahead. Individually maybe, but collectively we are failures. Despite our upgraded brains, we aren’t that much ahead of our dogs and cats. We live in the moment because tomorrow, much less the year after, is far too complicated. Now is too complex for most of us to manage. You have no idea how often I want to throw my arms into the air and say to the universe: “You win. I give up. I have nothing left with which to fight.”
But, I have this blog. I can write. That’s something. I can take pictures and hopefully do my best to make people feel better. I also try to tell them (to the degree that I have the correct information) what’s going on. I try to make people laugh, though laughs are harder to find than they used to be.
I feel a bit lost. I see what’s happened and can only imagine what will happen next. So much of the things I’d hope would happen haven’t happened or went horribly wrong. The rest look like they will get lost in the hysteria of a collapsed economy, and all those Coronavirus deaths. I am hoping to not be one of them.