Without the once dependable backup plan of going out for dinner, grocery shopping has risen to the top of my daily priorities. I never have been completely reliant on a grocery store before and shopping has become tricky now that food stores are having trouble keeping stocked. It may take many trips just to get the essentials.
Everyone is scared and everyone has to eat. Anybody I pass in the aisle could carry the virus. Shoppers and cashiers alike hide behind face masks and shield their hands in latex. Doesn’t seem real.
Standing in line to checkout and maintaining distance from fellow shoppers, a glance at the magazine rack gave me a break from reality. Better Homes and Garden special edition on houseplants stopped me with this headline, “de-stress your life with a healthy green haven.” I like that.
There’s no cheaper way to get some green than to take a walk in the woods or a drive down a country road. I later read that this type of activity is referred to as ‘forest bathing’ or ‘ecotherapy.’ No people. No germs. No cost. Feeling blue? Go green!
Scott and I have spent more time in nature the last two weeks. Changing the scenery helped us break the cycle of dwelling on this virus thing.
Spring is still young and vegetation is in that tender time of emergence from winter. The different shades are so varied and the new growth is perfect in this early stage, having not yet been tested by wind, storm, drought or disease.
Look closely at the new growth. Go ahead, you have the time now. Doesn’t matter if it is a briar bush or a dogwood tree, you will see immense beauty. Even weeds look good right now.
“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” Ralph Waldo Emerson