As I write this, it’s a very rainy and dark April 30th. The weather’s been like this for much of the month, and frankly, it’s becoming a bit hard to take. It just makes stay-at-home that much more difficult, not even being able to hang out in our yard. But April has always been a deceiving month in my eyes – the promise of Spring and warmer temps, yet in reality a dampness and coldness that goes straight to the bones. I’ve never liked it. April is the cruelest month, so the saying goes, and is that ever true!
I suppose the cruel month of April on top of Covid-19’s stay-at-home orders (for us New Yorkers, those orders will continue into effect for at the very least two more weeks) feels especially tough. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say this is hard. It is. It’s only human and natural to want to be outside, take in the fresh air and sunshine, and at least wave to other humans from a distance. And when we can’t even have that on top of being home-bound all day, it’s not easy!
Of course, we’ve had our sunshine-filled days this month, but in general it’s been pretty cold and damp. Maybe that’s the universe’s way of keeping us all inside to help stop spread the disease, who knows. And if that’s the case, then I’ll take it. As I mentioned in my last Silverlinings post, I try to find the positives in things, even something as awful as Covid-19.
During these stay-at-home days I try to tune into Governor Cuomo’s press conferences every day, because as realistic as he is about the situation, he’s also positive. I am so inspired by his speeches, it really has become must-see T.V. for me. Whether it’s an anecdote from his grandmother, a shared personal experience, or the very powerful story of the Mid-western farmer sending NYC one of his coveted N-95 masks, I cannot get enough. Our governor is simply doing an amazing job.
Despite the chaos and unprecedented difficulties New York is facing right now, Cuomo always sends a positive message. Every day. He has a great way about himself where he is very real, but not negative. It has really resonated with me. So with that, I’m going to kiss April ‘s a** good-bye and look forward to a new month in May.
Things are changing, and improving, and while we are all headed to a new normal, perhaps it will be a better normal. At some point New York and New England will be re-opening, and while we will have new guidelines in which to live, at least we will be re-entering the world, so to speak. It will be a slow re-enter, but at least we will have it.
On that note, I want to let all my readers know, that as soon as New York starts to re-open, I will begin posting and publishing about travel again. As with the slow emergence into reality in real life, my posts will follow a similar path. I’m thinking something along the lines of publishing posts in sequence as follows: local outdoor excursion ideas, NYC area day trips, East Coast drive-able trips, Domestic travel, Caribbean, followed by Europe and the rest of the world.
As things open up more, so will my posts. I am dying to post my Grand Cayman guide! But right now is not the time. I was also really looking forward to giving you all information about Morocco, but alas, that trip was cancelled – I was supposed to go on Spring break. But another time will come along for that.
Time will come for all travel again, and when it does, I can’t wait to share my posts and hopefully help and inspire your travels again. As always, thanks so much for your readership.
(Lead photo: April showers bring May flowers..)