It’s a rainy, gloomy day here in Wilkes Barre. Luckily, my midweek musing from a couple of Wednesdays ago about pen pals and how I love to receive snail mail worked some magic! Since then I’ve received letters from two sons, drawings and letters from three granddaughters and a wonderful card from a friend that made my day.
Today I mailed off notes to my granddaughters and grandsons with some activity sheets. I want to give a big shout out to the New York Public Library. For the second time during quarantine, I received an email with free printouts for kids. There are crosswords, word searches, mazes and a fill in the blank to write your own version of Goodnight Moon. I am including the link so you may also enjoy! My favorite is the Library Logo Lion Mane Maze.
During the Great Depression, Mayor LaGuardia named the beloved lions who guard the 42nd Street library Patience and Fortitude for the qualities he felt New Yorkers needed to get through a difficult time. The lions are still standing strong.
The quarantine continues but the warmer spring weather has allowed Mr. Smith and me to get out walking more often. This past Sunday the skies above were a cornflower blue with giant puffy clouds and a temperature near 80 degrees. Wilkes Barre is the home of Wilkes University and on a late afternoon stroll, we explored much of the campus that normally would be crowded with students. We came across this statue of John Wilkes wearing the appropriate PPE. Wilkes Barre was named in honor of John Wilkes and Col. Isaac Barre, two members of British parliament who heroically defended the American colonies in tumultuous parliamentary debates during the Revolutionary War.
I hope you are all weathering the shelter in place all right. I have my good days and my not so good days. Luckily more good days than not. I am taking great comfort in a routine. I look forward to sharing a morning coffee with Mr. Smith before he braves the outside world. It helps me to have somewhat of a plan for the day. Years ago, I created a chart designating specific chores for each workday. I usually follow it. After a day of cleaning, writing or reading, I look forward to sharing a glass of wine and chatting with Mr. Smith when evening comes. We are lucky people and we know it.
C’est la vie.