|7/14/20 Mt. Rainier from Maple Leaf Park|
I’m not a parent anxiously wondering whether I have to send my kids to a classroom this fall. I don’t have elderly parents in quarantined facilities that prevent me from visiting. I don’t have health conditions that make me more vulnerable to COVID-19. I don’t even have to go to work and put myself at risk every day.
Yet sometimes I think about all the things I can’t do anymore and start feeling sorry for myself (and for the wretched state of our country). That’s when I walk up to Maple Leaf Park early on a clear morning. I know that seeing Mt. Rainier will give me a needed pop upside my head. She will let me know that during all the millennia she’s seen, many have suffered far worse than I have, and many more will suffer worse in the future. What we are going through now is nothing but a miniscule blip in the vast universe of time and space.