Jun 04 2020

Day 80: Hiatus

Published by at 7:42 pm under Coronavirus Journal

When I was talking with Ma this morning, I realized that my cellphone wasn’t in its usual place on the table. I had a sudden moment of panic. I couldn’t spot it anywhere in my room, and it’s frightening how much I need that thing, not just for communication but navigation and so many other uses. I can’t say I felt any better about the matter when I realized, of course, that I’d had it held up to my ear the whole time. Yeesh.

Tomorrow would have been my father’s 95th birthday. Actually, he claimed two birthdays—June 4 and June 5—since he was reportedly born at midnight. Every year I’d call him on both days, just to indulge him. Here’s a Polaroid triple-exposure he took in the sixties.

Dad beheading himself

Because the protests over George Floyd’s murder are more peaceful now, the Alameda County curfew has been lifted. Meanwhile, it appears that Covid-19 infections are still rising in the county but more slowly. There’s been no indication of when we’ll move to the next phase of opening up. I don’t expect it soon. I sure don’t feel comfortable being around strangers in public yet. I wish I could see my family.

Okay, so here’s the thing: I write in this blog, as I’ve said, to document my little ole life, help me remember, and entertain myself. It’s been a great creative outlet through these insufferably long weeks and months, and maybe it’s good I have a record of this time. But I’ve run out of things to say, so I may take a break from daily posts. I made it to 80 of them since the shelter-in-place, which ain’t shabby. Perhaps I’ll emerge as often as every other day. Or not. We’ll see. Thank you for reading so loyally. I’ve maintained The Wormlips Scrapbook for 21 years last month, so you can be sure I’ll be back.

California poppies
Poppies poking through my fence from my neighbors’ yard

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Day 80: Hiatus”

  1. Syd says:

    Taking a break is your prerogative, but I hope you keep it up…and any updates on the squirrel, neighborhood cocktail hours, or Bessie? Very interested in DNA results!

  2. Molly says:

    Happy birthday #1, Boopie!

    I shall cross my fingers for continued occasional updates, as the mood strikes you. I enjoy them!

  3. Ma says:

    I, too, love reading them. You’re an excellent writer, plus photographer!

    But I think your decision to take a break is a good one. You have enough on your mind and hands at the moment!

  4. Lila Wallrich says:

    I’ve been enjoying these posts so much. Your writing is, of course, excellent. And I relish the little peek into someone else’s normal/weird/sad/hopeful life. Kind of like mine but in interesting story form. It makes me feel less alone and freaked out.

    Not to oblige you, but maybe to thank you, my friend.

    Cue uplifting 1940s music about meeting again under better circumstances.

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