Where We Should Be

The U.S. embassy in London (as I am sure are all other U.S. embassies around the world) posted a video the other day from the ambassador, which is directed at Americans:

It is indeed quite an extraordinary interlude (we hope anyway). I don’t mind spending, as the U.S. ambassador there notes, a “protracted” amount of time here. I have not been in the U.S. since late September 2019 (for a short visit).

We live here. Yet in all of the years I have been here, it is the oddest feeling now to find that the OPTION to go home to the U.S. is diminishing and may well vanish completely. It is unprecedented.

That said, the option for all of us to travel (at least somewhat) will likely return by the summer (we hope anyway).

Alexandra Lapp is one of the “influencers” out there worth following. She is not age 17 interesting, entertaining, and realistic. I thought about her if we could go anywhere in the world question for all of one second: My answer was New York.

Suddenly, I had realized I wanted to be where I was born. That is not the best desire, though, currently. From what we are seeing over here, right now not only New York City but much of New York State looks like it is in virus-near-meltdown.

It is both terrifying and heartbreaking.

To move to a more uplifting topic, you may have heard or read about that outside of the U.K.

Here in Bedfordshire (about 40 minutes’ drive north of London), we stepped outside our front door and joined in the applause with our clapping neighbors.

One neighbor, from a solid “social distance,” asked me from her front door how we are. I told her we are, so far, fine. I asked her the same, and she replied they are too and that all of them – her husband, their two 20-somethings and their two partners – were staying in the house: six adults. It being only my wife and I in our house, I thought to myself also that fortunately their house is larger than is ours.

[From my Instagram Stories, March 27, 2020.]

Regardless, where we should be is HOME, wherever HOME happens to be. Stay indoors. Stay away from people who don’t live with you. Coping with this pandemic appears to be much like fighting a forest fire: if we can create enough individual “fire breaks” over the next weeks, we can contain it and it will begin to burn itself out.

Staying home also means that fewer issues like car accidents end up in virus-hard-pressed emergency rooms.

Even at home, though, we need to stay “out of trouble.” Don’t think we can suddenly climb on our roof to fix something. We should be careful walking up and down the stairs. Let’s not try to redo the entire garden in one afternoon. We need to watch that knife we are chopping with as we do that new recipe we saw online. We should not imagine we can suddenly do a yoga headstand… we have never done before. Our emergency rooms all over the world definitely don’t need having to cope as well with dopey HOME accidents right now.

All the best, wherever you are. 🙂