3.22.2020 – opportunity

opportunity
do something not do nothing
make a difference

My wife and I tried to make Saturday as normal as possible.

I was feeling blue as we had tickets to the Atlanta Symphony concert for that night but it had been postponed.

The tickets were a Christmas gift from my wife.

It would have been our first time of going out on the town in downtown ATL in a long long time.

Something that was incredibly thoughtful of my wife.

Something I had been looking forward too since Christmas.

I don’t think I have to say that the concert has been ‘postponed.’

We went for a walk in one of favorite parks.

We stopped at our favorite local coffee shop.

I ordered my favorite cup of coffee, the Ho-Chi-Minh-City, a Vietnamese drink of expresso, sweetened condensed milk and steamed milk.

My wife asked about the Pumpkin Spice Latte listed as a special and the kid behind the counter said, “It is very good. I came up with the recipe.”

While we were waiting the phone rang and we listened in to one side of the conversation that went like this.

“Yes, we are open.”

“Yes, our menu is available.”

“No, sorry, no eating in, the dining area is closed.”

“Sorry, Ma’am, but there isn’t a restaurant that is open for dining in Suwanee.”

He hung up and looked at us and we shook our heads and laughed.

Then another couple came in, new to Cafe Amica.

The kid asked if they wanted to order and they asked for a minute to look at the menu.

‘Ho-Chi_Minh-City ….. hmmmmm,” said the guy looking at the menu.

I couldn’t stop myself.

Following social distancing guidelines, I leaned and said, “that is the best cup of coffee in Gwinnett County. It is what I always order here.”

We all laughed together and my wife chimed in to say, “That’s true, he won’t try any of the other drinks,”

I then quoted Bogart in Casablanca and said, “I stick my neck out for nobody but I will for this.”

The couple looked at each other and laughed and ordered the Ho-Chi-Minh.

We got out coffees and said our goodbyes and went out the Towncenter Park.

The park is a great place to walk.

It is made up of a oval green space with intersecting circles of sidewalks and a perimeter sidewalk.

The green space was filled with families with footballs, soccer balls, frisbies and kites.

The sidewalks were filled with walkers, runners and bikes.

Signs lined the sidewalks asking everyone to follow social distancing guidelines and we did.

Walking the perimeter we passed the couple from the coffee shop and they raised their coffee cups and smiled and said the coffee was great and we smiled and went on our way.

It was almost normal.

We felt better.

Thinking over this I was struck by this passage in an article I read online.

Active coping is vital. “Trying to do something rather than doing nothing is extremely important for resilience. This is a real opportunity, and we need to recognise it as such. And don’t forget that coronavirus isn’t the only thing that’s contagious: happiness is contagious too, as well as fear. If you go outside, smile at people. Be really friendly. It can and will make a huge difference.*

In the little bit I have been out and about I am happy to report that the people where I live HAVE BEEN friendly.

And from my personal experience, I can say it does make a huge difference.

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