Like everyone else’s everywhere, our path has taken an unexpected detour, derailed by a tiny piece of genetic material with a protein coat and a crown ...
In a few days our little world of 9,000 — Georgetown,SC, USA — has shrunk to the few people we can see from our doorstep.
Schools, public buildings, businesses all have makeshift CLOSED signs taped to their doors. A few continue to serve the public from drive-up windows and medical clinics offer triage and procedures while you remain in the parking lot in the safety of your car. The Sheriffs Department will now deliver your prescription to your door so seniors don’t have to risk catching germs in line at the pharmacy.
A month ago this would only be the stuff of an apocalypse movie plot!
Like everyone everywhere, we had plans. We had to-do lists, we had appointments, a 93-year old mother and a brand new grandchild awaiting our visit.
Like everyone everywhere, we have cancelled the plans, stocked the freezer and pantry, laid in our prescriptions for a month. We wash our hands frequently and now maintain a safe distance from all humans except each other, six or eight or ten feet, depending on who you believe.
Little by little the reality of what this pandemic might mean is sinking in. With it, in the dark of night, anxiety and fear steal in, wash over us, threaten our equilibrium.
But, there is no comfort, nothing is accomplished, in fretting over that which you cannot control. So, we hope, we adjust, and life goes on.
We live near many beautiful secluded trails, luckily still open, so we can still get out of the house to hike and bike.
Huntington Beach State Park, live oak cluster.
Santee Coastal Preserve, “Christmas Wreath” lichen.
First gator of the season, Santee Coastal.
Emerging water plants
Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area
So, that’s what we have been up to:
forest bathing — soaking up the beauty of spring while boosting our immune systems with phytoncides, NKs (natural killer cells) from the trees and plants.
Why not? They’re free, it’s fun, it’s “social distancing”, it can’t hurt while we all wait for a Covid-19 vaccine to come along!