Spring break is over. Which means my college-student daughter is getting dressed (changing into her studious pajamas) and heading back to school (returning to the laptop in her bedroom).
I’ve enacted the following changes: _______. Yep, nothing’s changed at my place of employment. I’m a writer, so I continue to work at my writing desk in my writing studio, a much farther commute than my daughter’s—across the hall from my bedroom. Of course, my income is also the same: $0. (Oh, the joys of writing on spec.) Just to mix things up, I’ve altered my workwear from hoodie, slippers and sweatpants to t-shirt slippers and sweatpants. Soon I’ll switch to my summer workwear: t-shirt, shorts and flipflops (minus the flipflops on casual Fridays).
Outside, however, everything has changed! It’s a virtual pandemic of color and wildlife!
- Buds are bursting like popcorn
- Squirrels, hopped-up on hormones, are completely ignoring the social distancing rule and fraternizing like, well, squirrels
- Rabbits are back! They disappeared when a nomadic fox couple moved in last year (upside: our mole onslaught also off-slauted). But now the rabbits are there, silflaying on dandelions and eyeing one another suggestively
- The deer are back, too! We love our neighbor-herd, but they disappeared during last year’s infamous fox invasion. Unlike squirrels, they’re big fans of social distancing, and seem quite happy that the foxes are gone and the humans have taken to watching them through windows, instead of throwing weird things called “treats” at them
- The birds are talking dirty and, I suspect, sexting when we’re not looking
I seldom see other people these days. But the beasts and the buds are immune to this lockdown. Yes, I know I should get back to work, but instead I find myself spending more and more time…