Stranger Days #8: Signs on the Streets

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Welcome to stranger days--my blog series exploring daily life, challenges in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and just sharing insights or thoughts about how to make it through these days.  

I don't know that I have much to say today but I did want to share some photos of things that I've captured around the town in the last few days that are appreciated messages to come upon.  It makes me think about in the years to come, how might we continue to share messages of solidarity and support--that is, can we recognize our collective humanity right now and hold onto it into whatever comes next. How do we hold onto the groundswell of kindness and connection that this moment brings out in so many of us?  

My partner made a point yesterday that it feels like we are in the moments of history where in the future, folks will be looking at photos and visual evidence of what was going on. That comment felt quite true and also made me think about how we document and capture the oddness of this moment in our lives and in history.  We have a variety of artifacts from these past moments that we curate and present at museums, in books, in documentaries and the like to give some semblance of the past.  It's partly why I'm doing this blog series but it is also just an interesting thing to consider. How many folks in the Great Depression or the Influenza pandemic of the 1910s and 1920s understood this was history in the making? Of the moments we're capturing now with our myriad photo, audio, and video records will be considered parts of the that future narrative of this chaotic time?

Of course, there are other events too that are history in the making but this moment feels more galvanizing than most in many of our lives in terms of how we are collectively experiencing it (though to be fair, we are experiencing it in different ways in terms of its direct impact on our lives).  

A sidewalk with chalk that says in bold lettering:  "Stay safe. Don't touch your face."

A sidewalk with chalk that says in bold lettering:  "Stronger Together But 6 Feet Apart."

A sandwich board sign with the saying, "You are not alone" written on it.

Take care. Be careful. Be care-filled.  Welcome to stranger days.

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