Perspective. Everyone has one and some are very different from others. Perspective is how we view what’s going on around us. I’m not a political type, so I’m not going to get into the events of this week. I am deeply saddened by the division in our country, but I can’t fix it by writing about it. My topic today is based on our lifestyle.
I grew up in northern Kansas. My bedroom was in the second story of a farmhouse and there was very little heat in those bedrooms. Believe me, I know what cold is! I remember walking on top of snowdrifts to get to our mailbox, about a quarter mile away. That is winter. This part of Arizona is NOT winter, but I still find myself saying that is is cold when we go for our mid-morning walk at 55 degrees. When a flannel shirt is enough of a coat to keep me warm, it isn’t really cold. However, our neighbor across the street lives here in Yuma all year long. Yuma temperatures in the summer often hover in the 115-120 degree range. Larry knows what hot is! So it didn’t really surprise us this week to see him taking in his trash cart in a winter parka with the hood pulled up. To his thin blood, it was cold. Meanwhile, this was LeRoy that same day or the day after. It seems to me that our perspective on cold has changed!
For anyone who thought that just because the year 2020 was over, things in the health or political world would miraculously be better just because the calendar changed to 2021, surprise! Covid is still around with a vengeance, vaccines notwithstanding. In Arizona, the rollout now includes the 75+ population, which includes us. However, appointments must be made and they are hard to come by, I understand. We will get on that after we get back from Quartzsite this week. We plan to leave on Tuesday to go help secure a spot for the Eagles to meet. Our normal meeting place has been sold, we understand, so we’re going to be in the desert out of town this year. For someone who considers less than full hookups to be roughing it, dry camping is a real stretch. Our generator will be our friend, since our refrigerator is not an RV refrigerator, but runs on full power. We’ll see how tough we are by next Sunday!
In our current world, the biggest source of entertainment is looking out the patio door at the bird feeders. More than any other type of bird, we have lots of finches. Their colors are beautiful and we have several varieties. We have lots of doves on the ground, waiting for someone to kick birdseed out of the feeders above. It amazes us how all the birds, seemingly on cue, will take flight at the same time and be gone for five or ten minutes. Today I think they must be taking a Sunday afternoon nap, because the feeders are full and there is one lone golden finch sitting on top of the feeder. We are easily amused!
Maybe by the time I write next, there will be good news on the political and Covid fronts. But then again, maybe it’s just a matter of perspective.