Calm in the Storm

Mom and Dad had orange trees in their back yard in Florida. My sister Nicole and I bought them and planted them as Christmas presents. There were always lots of big, ripe fruit at Christmas, so I guess that’s when they naturally ripened. Mom and Dad did little to them other than picking the fruit.

I thought of this as I found two new-to-me orange varieties at Walmart this week, the Cara Cara with it’s pink meat, and blood oranges, which are dark reddish-purple inside.

Blood oranges are quite striking, and quite delicious. Part of my consumption of fresh fruit right now is that it's ripe, and part of it is that it is something real, and smart, to do in a health crisis.
Blood oranges are quite striking, and quite delicious. Part of my consumption of fresh fruit right now is that it’s ripe, and part of it is that it is something real, and smart, to do in a health crisis.
I got out these magnifiers at my office this week, and made a joke about looking for "covids" with them. I am whistling past the graveyard.
I got out these magnifiers at my office this week, and made a joke about looking for “covids” with them. I am whistling past the graveyard.

At Walmart, I was witness to part of a current panic in the world, people buying hoarding items as they fall prey to fears they will suffer or be deprived in the Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. As a group, humans tend to gravitate toward their fears, believe absurdities, and follow unqualified leaders who often lead them off cliffs. It’s not new. It is the way humans are made: selfish, scared.

If I knew how to calm and comfort them I would, but maybe it’s enough for me to remain confident and rational. I know it’s easy to fear disease; I was seriously ill with influenza last month, and COVID-19 is a more serious illness.

It rained all night last night, and even stormed a little this morning. I wonder how spring, in general, will affect the current pandemic.

Many sports were canceled, including, much to my chagrin, the state basketball tournament. Covering those games is definitely hard work, but some of the funnest I do all year. Games leading up to it were definitely epic, and the teams, fans, coaches, and I were very excited about the games to come this week.

The Vanoss Lady Wolves won the Class 2A area championship last week, and had a great shot at a state championship. I feel for them that they probably won't get the chance to play for it.
The Vanoss Lady Wolves won the Class 2A area championship last week, and had a great shot at a state championship. I feel for them that they probably won’t get the chance to play for it.

The ultimate question, of course, is will we – you, me, the dogs, my wife, my coworkers, my waitress, my nurse, my friends, my town – get sick and die from this disease? The answer seems to be probably not. All we can do is wash our hands, sneeze into our elbows, and stay calm.

My peach, plum and cherry trees have all started to flower. It is comforting to see something real in our current world of fear.
My peach, plum and cherry trees have all started to flower. It is comforting to see something real in our current world of fear.

1 Comment

  1. I found a bag of sugar at Target today – all the people hoarding at the supermarket forgot that Target had groceries too. Many, I think, are only buying these things because they’re worried “other people” will get there first, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    I’m a social-distancing person by nature, so I think I was going to be fine. Now I have the kids for an extra week of spring break, so that will be fun. Maybe.

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