Spring Ups and Downs

Dear Liza,

Having celebrated my second lockdown birthday, I have lost some focus lately. Doing art with Ruth Inman and Jody Tockes on ZOOM makes me very happy. So does practicing French on Duolingo, and watching cool British sitcoms and documentaries. But for just a while, these were not feeding what needed feeding.

I got a bit blue. Nothing seemed fun or interesting. I had zero energy and couldn’t carry a conversation. My poor people knew I was sad but didn’t know what to do.

I did a lot of sitting and staring, or holding a book and trying to read. It felt like a light had gone out, that fun was something just out of my reach. I am lucky enough to only deal with this very rarely, and I know it will pass. It is, sort of, day by day.

I go for walks and notice spring flowers and the oddities of our old neighborhood. I try thinking about family and friends, but that just makes me sadder because of the impossibility, just now, of seeing them. I make art and learn history.

I know there is a ramp up out of this darkness, and if I just keep going, I will find it.

See you then.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

2 thoughts on “Spring Ups and Downs”

  1. I feel ya…. That could have easily described me over the past week… and I keep telling myself… I don’t DO this.. it’s not ME… so I play loud Carol King music… and try to make art… I think dancing might help… in my studio of course! LOL… keep on keepin’ on hon. it’ll pass… much like a kidney stone, ….but it’ll pass – I promise!
    Huggs… R.

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  2. Yes, this spring has been hard. A lot of folks are feeling uncharacteristically blue. No wonder, really, the world is pretty weird. But I am feeling better, and I trust you are, or will, soon. “Just keep swimming”, as Dory said.

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