My Pandemic Journal - March 24, 2020

This is my personal journal regarding my thoughts during this troubled time. It is stuff I need to get out of my head and probably is not the same things that you are thinking, so if you don't want to read them that is cool if you do that is cool too. If you decide to comment please keep your comments civil and appropriate, otherwise, I just delete them without publishing.

The Good?

We are still healthy and able to get outside, use our computers, talk to those we love and pretty much live our lives reasonably like we usually do. Today I got to clean up 6-7" of snow, in what I really hope is the last gasp of the wintery white stuff for this winter.

I really hate moving this heavy wet snow around, especially since I also know that it will probably be gone in a couple of days.

They say that music can touch your soul, this one touched mine.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across this. I loved the song when it came out and this version is one that I want to remember.

 The Bad?

Hunter, my SD2's beagle passed over the Rainbow Bridge today. So it is a very sad day for all of us.

Yes, I shed my share of tears as well. Our dogs are a part of our family, plus I am actually an old softie and while they are here we treat them that way.

This something I read back in January from another blogger who lost their dog and I knew that Hunter was having his problems even back then. I had read this many other times before when others had lost their dogs and believed that it would be a fitting tribute for when Hunter went on the next part of his journey.

Will Rogers Quote: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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Hunter, you are now reunited with Karma and will be waiting for us on the other side of that bridge to greet us and help lead us on the next part of our journey.

 The WTFO were they thinking?

As much as I would love to believe that by Easter our Country will be able to get back to work and back to a more normal life. I have a feeling that since we have not even peaked yet in the number of new cases as yet, that the President may be too subject to wishful thinking.

I would love to believe that he is attempting to paint an optimistic picture of where he would like us to be in three weeks and it is his attempt to rally the nation. Unfortunately, the tone and words he is using do not bring a great deal of confidence in what is saying. His own experts and other experts tend to disagree with this line of thinking, many believe it is simplistic and wishful thinking. He is backtracking his statements a little after the feedback he is hearing, but...well we will see.

Personally, I believe it is dangerous and raises false hopes of a quick end to the Covid-19 pandemic amongst people in the United States of America.

Especially, for those who feel that we are overreacting to this pandemic as it is and his words will probably result in them ignoring the many States efforts to control the spread of the virus, based on the President's confidence that it will be back to business as usual in a few weeks.

Based on the things I have read/heard and saw, the next three weeks are probably going to be the peak in our Country and it could get pretty bad before we get to the other side. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that more than a few people will be crossing that Rainbow Bridge to be reunited with their pets on the other side.

I hope I am wrong and the President is correct. Time will tell us the answer.

The Reality is that

Today was a tough day in our little family, Hunter was a loved member of it and now he has crossed over to the other side, which saddens us immensely.

Hunter will be missed, of that there is no doubt.

Unfortunately, wishful thinking and bully tactics do not work with a virus, it doesn't really care what we think, who we are or if we die. Its only purpose is to infect others and to pass itself off to as many hosts as possible. That is all we are to it - a host.

While it is in Maine in limited amounts, as the Governor and her administration are warning the Covid -19 virus is here and things are going to get worse before they get better. She is not sugar coating things and is not engaged in wishful thinking. Has/is she doing everything perfectly, hell no, but there is none of the self-aggrandizement, I am doing great things and not accepting responsibility for the misteps that have and will occur. I am hearing more of a...we will get through this together message that we need to hear.

 This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.


joeh said…
Losing a pet is always sad. Dogs are such wonderful creatures and companions.