Thursday, March 12, 2020
New Leaves and Wrapped Books
The once-viney tree down the block, which I liberated from its vines over the winter, is now putting out leaves. No flowers yet, but it's a cherry tree so there should be some eventually. I am so happy to see how well it's doing. Every time I look at it I feel lighter, freer, clearer.
While I was taking this photo, the woman who lives in the house adjacent to the tree pulled up in her car. She is still convinced the once-viney tree is a seedling from the cherry tree in her yard -- despite the fact that it was clearly planted by the council as a street tree, with support stakes, and is an entirely different type of cherry than hers. She said this the last time I talked to her, too. I gently suggested that we compare them again when they both leaf out, but to my eyes, they already look different. I am bewildered by her obtuseness.
Olga and I had some excitement on her walk yesterday morning. Of course, I couldn't explain to her that the cat was behind a window and therefore completely inaccessible. Olga was willing to give it a go.
Remember in years past how we've wrapped books for an 8th Grade event called "Blind Date with a Book," in which the kids choose pre-selected books from a cart not knowing what they are? It's supposed to help broaden their reading interests. Well, we're doing it again this year, so yesterday, a library volunteer and I spent the whole morning wrapping books in newspaper. Again, I tried to make them interesting using photos, and we had some little heart stickers to fancy them up.
Yes, those are coronaviruses around the pink shield in the middle. (Festive-looking if you don't think about it.) And doesn't that ad center-left, for a dental product, look very '70s? Right down to the hair. Are they trying to be retro? I wonder...
Speaking of coronavirus, you've probably seen that Trump is suspending most travel to the U.S. from continental Europe. The UK isn't part of that ban, but this still seems to put my April 4 Florida trip further in doubt. Also, my mom's retirement center has banned anyone from visiting who has flown within the past 14 days -- so if I went, I wouldn't be able to see her, which is the main reason to go. (As I told my co-workers, I could always sit outside her window and talk to her on the phone, but that seems kind of pointless. My brother probably isn't crazy about me flying and then staying with his family, either, although he hasn't said that.)
Even though I planned to see this trip through, the world seems to be telling me to postpone. Stay tuned!