It’s raining here – again! And it’s chilly and gloomy – again! And it’s day whatever of staying home in order to flatten the curve and all that other scientific jargon. So as I was looking wistfully out of my window my mind drifted back to where I was and what I was doing exactly a year ago.
This week in 2019 we were in New York and I was having a marvelous time exploring areas I hadn’t before. New York is huge; takes a lot of time to explore it. I remember we had to take the ferry across the river from New Jersey as they were/are repairing the tunnel that the train runs through that we’d normally would’ve taken. I wonder if they are finished now? They were still working on it as of the end of last year.
Anyway, the goal was to go across to the Oculus, hoof it through Battery Park, wander our way to the Staten Island Ferry (which we didn’t take because it was beyond crowded) keep walking past that to take another smaller boat ride over to Dumbo in Brooklyn.
It was a warm and sunny spring day and everyone was out and about in New York and Brooklyn. Selfies galore were being taken, there were several weddings happening along with quite a few quinceañeras and everyone was enjoying the day.
There were even folks out on the river partying on boats and jet skis.
But that was all a year ago. Now you can walk on the Brooklyn Bridge without thousands of other visitors and everyone is, hopefully, staying indoors and staying safe. New York along with some other major cites in the United States and across the globe have been hit and hit hard by this virus but it appears there may be some light at the end of the tunnel and we’ve all “hopefully” hit the peak and are now on the down side of the curve.
We humans are a resilient species and we will, baring any spanners in the mix, make it through this stronger, wiser and maybe – just maybe – a little kinder. I hope so! There’s been enough stupid going around to last for decades. I wonder how the animals in the national parks are going to take it when we come back into their back yards though? Think they’ll hike their admission price on us? Stay safe everyone.