9.22.2020 – ordinary moment

ordinary moment
before everything changed
nothing then the same

Very tentatively I am reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

It may be too much to attempt to read at this time.

Just the first page discussing why or how or if using the word ordinary before the word moment was appropriate or even necessary more or less froze me into suspended animation for a long time and my mind worked on the issues.

So many times the moment before change is so ordinary.

But is it so ordinary when thrown into relief against the change?

Ms Didion recalls the stories from the past.

Of the quiet morning of December 7, 1941 in Hawaii.

Of the beautiful fall morning on September 11, 2001.

I can the throw the innocent excitedness of the Kennedy advance team when the sun came out and chased away early morning rain in Dallas and the car top could be removed.

The other day I passed the entrance to i85 that I had used for the last couple of years to get to work.

Since covid work at home started, we moved to a new location.

I will never use that freeway entrance again.

Something so ordinary as a way to work.

Before everything changed.

Then nothing is the same.

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