Okay, I don’t like the New Normal any more than you do.
So, I told Robert Adon to go play with Apple Jack. I’m taking over the Thin Silence Post today. First of all, I’m concerned that a number of you are not wearing masks in public. I’m wearing mine, and I (being a dog) cannot give you the Coronavirus, but you can give it to ME. And no matter how much you want to snuggle with me, keep your social distance. Okay, maybe a quick pat (if you are wearing your mask). Maybe a hug.
Every afternoon, I listen to CNN and MSNBC for FACTUAL-scientific-Dr. Anthony Fauci TRUTH about the spread of the “Beast,” this virus even my best pal Bumble (a Great Pyrenees) two houses down can’t herd or grab and shake out of existence. And, forget politics! Focus on saving lives. Unless you have been tested for the virus and received a positive result confirming you have the virus, and / or have had COVID-19 and recovered, you can’t know for sure if you are a carrier of the virus. Being tested and receiving a negative result doesn’t mean you can’t contract the virus the next time you come in contact with someone innocently spreading the contagion. And even if you do not have the symptoms of fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, it does not mean you do not have the virus. You could be asymptomatic. So, wear your mask and keep your social distance to protect others even if you aren’t worried about yourself.
Nobody wants to get out of the house, get to work, save our economy (I require a lot of snacks), provide for loved ones more than I. Okay, mostly I want to get away from being cooped up with Bob Fink, and he gets to go to City Light six days a week–
Self-isolated at home, I read a lot. Emily Dickinson is my favorite:
“I started Early — Took my Dog”*
My favorite cardboard-box-lid-lettered request. Food, of course, can be found at City Light.
Please don’t believe the Storm is over. It will be, but not yet. Stranger Things are still out there. Be safe. Hang on. I don’t know you, but I love you.
P.S., I’m rushing (no time to proofread) my Post before Robert Adon returns and takes the laptop away.
* Dickinson, Emily. “I started Early — Took my Dog–.” Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them, edited by Cristanne Miller, The Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2016, pp. 311-12.