Shelter in Place: Day 22

Dear Friends, Family, Confidantes, and Those Who Stumbled Here by Accident,


It’s day 22 of shelter in place here in Oakland, California. I am in the middle of figuring out whether or not I have a job.

This morning at 5:50AM I was awoken by the dulcet tones of what might have been a black phoebe (still working on my bird call identification). It sounded a little something like someone hammering a high-pitched nail.

As I looked around for a boot to throw out the window, I happened to spot the moon. It was a full moon, partially obscured by cloud cover, but as I watched it did that beautiful moon-thing where suddenly it appears.

I haven’t really looked at the moon in a long, long time.

In seventh grade science, we kept a moon journal where we drew the different phases of the moon as they happened. Every night I would go outside, find the moon, and squiggle my little crescent or gibbous moon onto a little piece of paper taped inside my composition notebook. I loved looking at the moon.

Seeing it again, I was reminded of so many things that I’ve forgotten. The earth is spinning, for example, rotating on its axis at about 1,000 miles per hour. It is orbiting the sun.

I know this logically, but I have to admit when I’m deep in the trenches of my busy little earth life, I sometimes forget that it is the earth that is moving around the sun and not vice versa.

So this morning, I sat in my bed listening to birds waking up and thought about how far and how fast we are all hurtling through space.

I always feel comforted when I remember how small we really all. I know others feel frightened, intimidated, insignificant, but for me it gives me a sense of calm and peace. All the fear and stress and worry I am feeling is really not so big in comparison with the whole of the universe.

I think I must have shared it before, but here is Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot video. It provides a new meaning to the word perspective.

It also reminds me that even though I feel far away from my family and friends, in the grand scheme of things, we’re not so far apart at all.

Love to you all,


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