I know it sounds weird, but yesterday was rainy and cold, so we went out for a walk. We figured that the chilly wet would keep most folks inside, so that we could finally walk through our dear Laurelhurst Park without being unsafely crowded. It worked!
True, there were some folks. Dogs need to be walked, after all, and toddlers need time on their scooters. Some folks even took their water repellent tarps out for picnics. But there was space and raindrops and the smells of spring.
There were signs of the cooperative life returning, too. These lost sunglasses had been found and hung up in a branch for easy retrieval, and in a show of optimism, the poster for this year’s Pedalpalooza was posted on a tree.
Most folks were wearing masks, and I felt so happy to be in my favorite place. This sculpture, called Triad, by Evelyn Franz, looked lovely as always, but especially with the rhododendrons blooming behind it.
I am looking forward to a great spring and summer. It will be different from before, but that’s okay, too.