“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!
We started as strangers with a dance one night,
although neither really liked to dance.
Yet we found magic as we twirled and swayed
to our own version of a country western two-step.
Now we have traveled around the sun forty times
as we flow from season to season together.
Love, laughter, dark moments, loss, joy,
surprises, fear, triumphs,
disappointments, sunshine, magic and music,
wine, travel, cats and kids.
I love you madly still!
May we embrace all the seasons of life
for every day we share.
Happy 40th anniversary!
Photo by Son
May love and tolerance prevail over hate and fear.
We have all been touched by Pulse.
May love bring peace to those who have lost family and friends.
We will not live in fear or in the shadows.
For anyone wanting to donate, here is a link to Pulse Tragedy Community Fund.
like silky summer clouds
or frolicking waves.
We adapt to the challenges
of love year by year.
You take my hand and
we slow dance on the rug in the living room.
Sunlight warms our souls
while moonlight covers us with dreams.
Our young lovers embrace only in the past.
Take my hand…walk with me…
into this brave new world.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL!
May you see love, beauty, joy, peace, and hope
in the ordinary corners of your life.
And may the fragrance of a flower,
the careless flight of a butterfly, sun
on a sleeping cat, rain,
acts of compassion and
remind you of
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Recently I wrote a post, Bloggers, Books and Carl Sagan , and asked bloggers to describe their blog in 2-4 words. Thanks to all who commented and/or liked! Here are those who responded directly to describing their blogs.
She Kept a Parrot
“folksy, sentimental, personal”
George is all of that and more. You will find outstanding photos of her immediate environment, local sites and people who interest her. Her photos are accompanied by short explanations and wonderful stories. Indeed, she does keep a parrot (Rita), a chinchilla (Che) and more than one dog. Stop by her home – you’ll be entertained. She also has a blog called “The Fuzzy Photo.”
FASAB (Fight Against Stupidity & Bureaucracy ) posts daily and is sure to make you smile or groan with jokes, puns, tests and information you did not know you needed. Give it a try and have some fun!
Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
“I must ruminate over which words capture this blog.”
Kelly lives part of the time in China where she teaches English. From she writes of life around her accompanied by excellent photos of the places she visits. It truly is a unique look inside that country from an American’s viewpoint. She reviews books, movies, TV shows, plays, music and more. You will learn from the phoenix!
This Little Light
“impassioned girl meets quirky writer”
Cara is impassioned about writing! She writes from her heart with compassion about her own journeys and inspires in many ways. Her other blog, “Awaking Foster Kelly”, showcases her book. Her light is a beacon – go to the light!
“…all over the place & whatever I am feeling at the time.”
Valentine shares her political views and her past in a passionate way. I admire her ability to be so candid about tragically failed relationships. Yet her sense of humor and courage comes through – she is not a victim. Take a look at her tiara!
Feel free to pass this award on – no rules or obligations!
“Share the Love” courtesy of Lori of Bless Your Hippie Heart. May you always blog with heart!