“Love in the Time of Cholera”
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The title of this book by a Colombian Nobel prize author has been running through my head like a song ever since this virus hit our shores. Weird, I know. Of course, it is not cholera or a plague but it has become a pandemic.
Published in Spanish in 1985 and into English in 1988, it is not about cholera at all and cholera was not even mentioned until late in the book. Rather is is about love, marriage, aging and the inevitably of death as the destiny of us all. Two young lovers, platonic only, are pulled apart by family and the girl eventually marries an older man. They never completely lose touch over the years and reconnect when the husband dies.
It is not an easy read, but perhaps I should go back and read it again since it seems to haunt me in this life in the time of OVID19.
Husband and I are doing well as we hunker down at home in Briar Cottage. We have the usual stock of groceries and are prepared as we would for hurricane season that starts June 1 . I may have slipped in some extra bottles of wine.
This virus has touched all of our lives with a common thread all across the country and even to the rest of the world. Suddenly we all face the same threat on a global scale. The OVID19 knows no borders. There will be pain and loss. Life will not go back to the way it was when this pandemic ends. Yes, we are apprehensive about the unknown and fearful about the financial impact too. That is normal. But we are strong together and will get through this.
May we learn from it and never take even the ordinary and routine for granted: handshakes… hugs… going to work…enjoying a concert… sitting down in a restaurant…visiting a nursing home… exploring a museum…dropping kids off to school…shopping at Macy’s… grocery stores filled with everything we need… gathering with friends and family in any number… and the list is endless.
Perhaps we did need a time out to be shaken from our complacency to look around and be grateful for what we have. May the divisions that have been dividing this country be replaced with civility and the acknowledgement that we are all in this together.
Maybe love is the answer in the time of OVID19. Take care of yourself, help others when you can and don’t lose hope or your sense of humor. Cheers!