I want to connect, but I don’t have much to say. I wish the news, aka life, could take a week or two off. I wish we could rest into the hope that was expressed and demonstrated yesterday. I wish that everyone in the other party in the other Washington would slap their foreheads and go, I see the error of my ways! It’s time for us to do what our new president is saying and unify.
by Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Seattle, Washington
But things have not gotten bad enough for that to happen. I don’t even want to think about what “bad enough” would look like, since over 400,000 dead and an insurrection at the Capitol aren’t enough.
I wish too that all my contemporaries could schedule their vaccinations. I was lucky enough to get an appointment for the 29th, and just knowing that I have it (as long as the UW Medical Center doesn’t run out of its supply before then) is bringing a sense of relief, though I know that even vaccination will not be panacea.
I am deeply grateful for yesterday, grateful that nothing terrible happened and that it was all so beautifully expressed and orchestrated. I am grateful each time I hear the words “President Biden” and “Vice President Harris.” But it’s going to take some time to heal from the damage of the past four years. Don Lemon, in the opening of his show this evening on CNN, said it better than I can: “There are scars that are left on the soul of our country that need to heal.”
How are you doing?