The other night there was a pretty sunset. I thought about that for a moment, about how sometimes the little beautiful things can create quietude and wonder. There was also a beautiful supermoon last night- very bright and it seemed to have a red glow on the outer edges. I was happy just looking at it.
The past two days have been the beginning of passover- the traditional seders where we have symbolic foods, and celebrate with family and friends by reading the Haggadah, and have a festive dinner. In truth, I have been kind of dreading these days with the necessity of being alone, and not celebrating with family and friends like we usually do.
But, instead I find that I have been delighting in surprises. A zoom pre-seder conversation with one of my best friends did wonders for my soul. And tonight my family and I are going to have a seder across the miles by using zoom. A temple member delivered the foods that I would have had at her house- so I could enjoy them. That was so kind and appreciated. I also received a surprise book in the mail today from a friend called “Finding Dorothy”. She wrote “This is about strong NYS women. While you are staying at home, you can travel back in history”. How kind! I had downloaded the app “Libby” from our library, but it will be so nice to have a real book in my hands to read. I also got to know one of my neighbors a little better by helping her to make masks for the workers who are helping the homeless, and people at Bridges. That was a nice little surprise benefit.
Maybe the lesson from this virus thing is to treasure our family, friends, and nature. (I’ve been taking a lot of nature walks, either by myself or socially distancing with one person). I sure hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, I will take the moments of suprise and wonder that I can get.