Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.
GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA »
After trying twice, Madrid has finally made it to Phase I of the three-phase easing (desescalada) of Spain’s rigorous COVID-19 lockdown. Three months of almost unrelenting confinement! Then, unbelievably, this Monday, 25 May 2020, Madrid folk are able to savor Spring in their favorite park, the Parque del Buen Retiro. At last! See the Retiro through the eyes of Catherine Petit, Guidepost’s writer from California, who couldn’t love Madrid more if she were a native Madrileña!
If we had heeded the admonition to Stay Home and Save Lives we wouldn’t have had such a lovely picnic at the coast. A little bit of freedom goes a long way.
On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.
What I remember most about this Renaissance woman is that she was the kindest person on earth. I was a lucky child to have a mother like her!
Biden is considered less radical than Sanders and should be able to swing the middle-of-the-roaders in the Democratic Party, although many of Sanders ideas have crept into the Democratic platform including universal healthcare and student loan forgiveness.
As the world’s largest economy reels from the pandemic, businesses have been shut down, schools and colleges have been emptied and society’s social life has been suspended. And Trump announced an extension of the anti-virus guidelines until April 30th. But after all is said and done, what will “normal” look like in the months ahead?
Life goes on in spite of the “lockdown” and joggers jog and walkers walk and cyclists cycle and the motorcycle rider takes to the less-trafficked roads with glee. Can summer and relief be far behind? In a strange Spring like this one, we have to be grateful for small blessings and be strong.
Idyllic and true: At dawn me and my grandfather would go out into the cold to milk the restive cows. Later, I would go through the pastures, pick some flowers and share them with the cows. I would go into the barn, swing from a perch and drop down on the soft hay. One day my brother joined me in the game, only to warn me that there could be rats and snaked in the hay.