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“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
Albert Camus, The Plague

i lied down and stared at the sky. for a second, i thought if i reach out my hand, i could grab it.

i thought my cat was under the bed, scratching. when i got on my hands and knees, it was empty. my anger an imposter.

something smelled nice. like a shaved pencil, crumbled lead colours, uncreased paper. like hope.

i listened to rain sounds. a sunset outside. purple, pink, orange. wisps of clouds surfing the sky.

i think it’s going to be okay. even if i don’t make lists. everything will get undone anyway. i’ll save the pencils and pens for drawing. or writing this journal. no one is going to see either of them, anyway.

how is your lock down going? have you discovered anything?

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  1. My lockdown was fun while it lasted, Em, and how about yours? I learned that being a work-from-home parent and home-school teacher is maddeningly difficult. I am grateful to be back to work, but not too crazy about having to see so many people face-to-face again in confined quarters every day.

    1. Em says:

      It does seem very difficult, I don’t know how you did it! I think I have forgotten how to talk to others in person!
      I am well, we are still in lock down after 2 months and will be for the next three weeks most likely. Trying to not feel like a caged bird!

      1. Caged birds still sing, Em. I was shocked, even a little frightened really, when I returned to work today to find that, even though we’re supposed to be following social distancing guidelines, many of my coworkers were crammed into small, confined spaces & not wearing gloves or masks. And these are law enforcement and court officers who spend a lot of time in close contact with criminals and low-income people. Scary.

    2. Em says:

      I guess it’s not easy for everyone to internalize that everything has changed now. I hope you are staying safe and healthy!

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