There is a new kind of March Madness. These are pandemic and uncertain times. We are washing our hands obsessively now, and I’m trying not to touch my face. The subways have never been so clean.
But amid empty stadiums, school closings, events cancelled or postponed, the madness of toilet paper hoarding, and no peanut butter or hand sanitizer on store shelves, there are also undeniable signs of spring.
After the time shift, there is more light in the evenings, now. What a delight to have light at 7 p.m.
While there may not be huge crowds at Stonehenge this year, the vernal equinox is only days away–on March 19.
And even if the parks in Tokyo and Kyoto are not filled with people gathering to admire them, the cherry blossoms are blooming again.
Crocuses are coming up in Chicago. And the pussy willows are opening in the sun.
Remember, we are in this together. Follow the CDC guidelines about resilience. Remember to wash your hands. I offer you this poem by Dori Midnight to wash your hands by, and welcome spring!
To care for one another
To pray over water
To wash the fear away
Every time we wash our hands