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Something to Think About

What if these “are the good old days”? What if next year we look back and realize that a summer without big plans, a summer without too many commitments, a summer set within our homes and yards wasn’t such a bad thing. It’s a different spin on how to look at the whole Covid19 situation.

It kind of popped into my head from these song lyrics by my new favourite band the Hunter Brothers. It’s called, appropriately enough, Next Year. The link will pop your over to YouTube where the tune, voices and lyrics will make you pause.

Which is what I did today. I paused and thought wow. A summer where I kept up to the garden. A summer where I enjoyed my yard, patio and veranda. A summer where time with the little ones was plentiful. A summer full of good food that we grew. A summer of sunshine and roses. No seriously, they’ve been blooming all summer long! A summer where the sweet peas and the dahlias finally bloomed. A summer of special occasion distanced visiting. A summer of almost perfection.

I can’t believe I grew that!

I do lament that you have to book ahead to go to an outdoor pool so I’ve not swam outside. I do lament the lack of soccer and biking with friends but it’s given me some quiet time. I do lament the missing friends and family time but even that has been educational.

I also recognize that I’m in the lucky bunch that has a steady income, a fabulous place to live and easy access to some of my most important people.

Impromptu porch picnic lunch

Find the positives. Something about living, living in the moment as the “boys” say in the song.


Ps I really MISS HUGS!


I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

9 thoughts on “Something to Think About

  1. Definitely a time for gratitude. We all need to be thankful for what we have rather than bemoan what we do not have. I remember one example that brings things into sharp focus. A person had just died and was greeted at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter, who asked him, “Well, how did you enjoy Heaven?” We can have heaven on earth, if we just change our thoughts. Stay well Bernie and thanks for a good post. Allan


    1. Our perspective is such an important tool in our belt of self care items. Plus it’s universal — even those without my white privilege middle class background can employ a good perspective and make their own lives better.
      I, for one, am enjoying a quieter summer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. Hi, Bernie – You are very wise. I loved reading this positive point of view about summer during a pandemic. Despite the worldwide horrors, there are remarkable silver-linings all around us. Non-rushed, quality time at home has been a big one for me. Thank you for sharing this.


    1. I’ve been called a lot of things Donna but wise isn’t usually at the top of the list. For me it’s just about focusing on the positives. Like you I have really enjoyed the extra quality time at home. Thanks for stopping in and leaving such a gracious comment! Take care.


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