If it feels like I’m repeating myself — like we are caught in some “Groundhog Day” time loop — it’s only because it’s true.
I posted this piece of art, by the wonderful illustrator R.W. Alley, a year ago around this time.
Then things were looking up for a while. But now? Here we go again.
I’m encouraged by what I’ve read about Omicron. Highly contagious but, hopefully, not quite as devastating for most people.
My wife is in the health field. She’s been wearing a mask all day at work for a long, long time. Often it’s one of those tight N95 jobs. When I want to complain, I think of what she goes through on a daily basis and shut my mouth. I slip on my cloth mask, zip into the hardware store, buy my duct tape, and I’m free. I do what I’ve been asked to do by public health officials. They know far more about this than I do.
I do it to keep myself safe. My friends and family. And everyone else, too. It’s that simple.
Have a happy holiday and a lovely winter. I know that some of us feel weary of it. Sick and tired. But we will get through this. After all, we’ve got our friends, our families, and books!
I mean to say: thank you for coming around here. For the support. For the many kindnesses. The best gift you can give to an author is reading one of his or her books.
Any one you want.
I am so very grateful for that. I don’t take it for granted, not for a single moment.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, BIG & SMALL,
JOY TO YOU, ONE & ALL!–