What is your current state of mind?
Well, I suppose the apprehension of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Thus far, here in Decorah, and in fact Winneshiek County we seem exclusive of Covid-19, however, this seems to be a first pernicious and then a rapid fire virus, giving me the uneasy feeling that it is only a matter of time. But, hope springs eternal, perhaps we will be the exception to prove the rule.
How are you planning ahead?
I’m perusing seed catalogs and reading through my collection of cook books. I have gardened for sixty plus years combining edibles with visuals and those for fragrance. I cooked professionally from youth to the gnarly figure that I now represent. I have always subscribed to the notion that one should learn to grow and cook their food in case of abnormal times…and here we are.
How has your perspective changed over the last few weeks?
I’m not sure that I can keep up with it. I see the good that people are doing, and then I see the suggestions coming from our government. I sway from calmness to outrage in a moment of time. But then our dog moseys by for a scratch and a rub and I am back in the offerings of the present.
What is your most pressing concern?
I am concerned that many do not take this seriously and consequently become part of the problem. I am an introvert so distancing is a walk in the park for me, but I do understand that many socialize as a matter of course, and that this event is a wrench in their day to day. I’m hoping that the adjustment will not be difficult for those who have been ushered into the “new normal”.
What are you hopeful about?
Well, it would certainly put a smile on my face if we can acknowledge that there is in fact a “new day coming”. I have hopes that we as a species can learn from this, to be kinder to the earth and to one another. I think that we are the only creatures that base success on monetary wealth, that is a peculiar concept to me. My hope is that after it is all said and done, that when the last crumb is dusted from the table, we can all be teachers as well as students.