Ah, the human spirit! Witness the West Seattle rooftop dancer at sunset. Who knows. Maybe she will start a trend of rooftop dancers just as Italy has its balcony singers to alleviate the loneliness of COVID-19 social distancing.
Let’s hope that it does not get as bad here as in Italy. Il mio povero paesani!
In WA State, Governor Inslee and the State Department of Health declared that outdoor activities are recommended, as long as you follow the “social distancing” guidelines.
But how do entire populations stick to guidelines?
In West Seattle, spring fever hit Alki Beach and stirred up controversy. Social distancing seemed not to be given a thought on March 19. There were people everywhere, riding bikes, skateboarding, and playing on the beach. Despite state-wide closures of entertainment, leisure, and “non-essential” services, bike rentals and Alki’s Wheel Fun rentals were still open.
I love bicycling. I “get it” that all work and no play make Jack and Jill a dull boy and girl. But COVID-19 is our new normal for awhile. If we don’t want martial law, we need to behave.
The scene is better at Lincoln Park. No businesses there, just Nature writ large with its old growth forest and Puget Sound. Parents, kids on scooters, singles, dog-walkers. There is a palpable feel of enjoyment, of slowing down and using our senses, smiling at our neighbors (from a safe distance). Less attention to cell phones, more eye contact.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this became the new normal?
It touches my heart. Kids are making chalk drawings, writing words such as “Be excellent to each other.” This is Lincoln Park’s Love Rock:
Yes. Love rocks! Let’s be excellent to each other. We are all in this together. We are all struggling to find a new normal.