The wind chimes on our back porch tingle and clang all day and all night long. Spring pushes in not just with purple and pearl and gold crocuses, but with birdsong. 5 a.m., when I step out with a bucket of hot stove ashes, the robins are at it already, mating and nesting, busy with robin family-life.
I lie awake thinking of that window of time when my daughter contracted Covid, imagining when she might have let her mask slip, rubbed an eye with her fingers, the slightest of gestures she’ll never recall. Then I imagine the hours when she was contagious, before this gorgeous healthy teen said, My back hurts. I’m tired, and I closed my laptop, looked at her carefully, and began to worry suddenly, in earnest.
With my own two negative tests, the virus has (at the moment) passed over my body.
Snow falls, all day, on April first. We sleep with the windows cracked open, and I smell the particular damp scent of snow in the night. I lie there, thinking of the practical, mundane things of my world (as a single parent, could I get with it and write a will?) and the visible and invisible mysteries of this world. How I’ve tarnished and sullied the prayer of my everyday life, distracted by things that mean very little, while all along our days are unfolding, one after another, in their finite number.
The cats insist on breakfast. I stand at the back door, drinking coffee, watching snowflakes drift in a gray dawn, listening to NPR and a courtroom in Minnesota.
It’s another month. Despite the snow, spring edges in.
You’d better get busy, though, buddy. The goddamn sands run out on you every time you turn around. I know what I’m talking about. You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddamn phenomenal world.
— J. D. Salinger
8 thoughts on “April”
This whole thing just makes me so emotional. So glad you are well and how right you are about life flying by! That Salinger quote is spot on…
This has been a very long week for me, and very long year for all of us. Thank you! ❤️
Your posts always touch me in a way I cannot quite explain. I am thankful for your negative tests and continue to hold healing thoughts for your daughter. The practicality of life likes to shake us out of our places of quiet contentment. Time moves on without regard for how we feel.
I virtually attended Vermont poet Kerrin McCadden’s reading for her brand-new collection, American Wake, last night. She had poems that so perfectly describe that sentiment…. If you don’t know her poetry, you’d love it.
Thank you for sharing the link. I have such admiration for poets and her work looks intriguing. It is a skill I do not possess. Thank you again.
So glad to hear the good news. I’m sure you feel like exhaling, but probably won’t for a while.
Weirdly, I don’t even mind this snow globe stuff floating around. 🙂
Everything in perspective!