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March 16, 2021

It was a crisp 37 degrees when I woke up this morning. Nothing like clean air after a rain and perfect weather for morning walks.

Lately, my daily walks have been preempted with appointments and other pressing matters. But it was wonderful to get back on track the other day.

I passed the playground of a local school. It was a sight for sore eyes to see classes back in session again. Children wearing face masks laughed and happily chased one another around while staying socially distanced. Others were spaced apart on the wall eating snacks. Then I passed a girl and boy (pre-teens) sitting on a wall by the fence in deep conversation. Oh, how I wished that I could have eavesdropped!

Then, a few blocks up the hill, I admired from a few yards away new leaves sprouting on a tree. Not the most exciting thing to see, but something lured me closer. When I glanced beyond the leaves, I came eye-to-eye with the camouflaged whimsical face of a man appended to the tree – eyes complete with puffy bags, thick eyebrows, a prominent nose, moustache, and full lips. Hmmm, it was a lovely likeness of Louie’s late father who was, fittingly, a whimsical man.

And on my way back down the hill, not far from that tree, a sweet cat crossed the busy street heading straight towards me, tail straight up – signaling a happy cat.

This good energy was all I needed to kickstart my day.

This is your country, and it’s up to you to save it.” – English translation of a saying in Taiwan

Washing Hands + Wearing a Mask + Social Distancing = Saving Lives

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