I’m at Gumbo Cove in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, doing lots of walking, crabbing, birding and thinking.
Waiting until it’s my turn for the vaccine.
Waiting for the day when friends can once again be greeted with a bear hug.
Waiting for a time when masks are for Mardi Gras or Halloween, not everyday garb.
Waiting for the world to heal.
These pelicans and their seagull friend were waiting, too. Or maybe they were just showing me how it’s done.
They let me get really close, and then, slowly lumbering into flight, they moved away from danger.
Away from danger is where we need to stay right now. A nurse at my grandmother’s care facility said it best a few weeks before Grandma died, talking about continuing to take extreme precautions: “We don’t want to drop the ball when we’re so close to the goal line.”
A haiku comes to mind:
hurry up and wait, keep playing it safe, it's the winning strategy
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