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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Winding Down: Sessions 80+81


As NYC heads towards PHASE TWO of reopening, which will be this Monday, June 22nd 2020, attendance at the two-minute nightly #ClapBecauseWeCare sessions which began in March 2020, has dropped.

However, they still continue, and the past two night's events (Thursday June 18 and Friday June 19) have been bitter sweet for me, as the couple, Giuseppe and Teresa, (G and T) who live in the building directly east of me will be moving to another part of the city at the end of this month.

They can be see the photo directly above, where I am standing in my rooftop garden.

This picture was taken in April by Julie Tersigni who lives in a building that is north and west of where I live. A few weeks after JT took this picture she got out of the city to escape the often sad craziness which was occurring during our lockdown.

Other residents in the building where Julie lives participated regularly and it seems one woman, seen in the next image which I took on Thursday June 18 during our 80th session seemingly has recorded our tributes.


Surviving the sad crazy time was made possible by first responders, healthcare professionals and essential workers and New Yorkers showed their appreciation with a resounding applause, cheering, singing as well banging on pots and pans or using gardening tools to make noise (as the woman in the next image at the right or the second image in time-line view is doing....


... I took her picture at last night's (Friday June 19th) 81st session, where G and T  seen in the following photo-op).


I will miss them as well their cat, Snooze, who can be seen in the next two images directly below.


Snooze spends her days staring at my garden (or rather the birds who visit it) and whenever I've been down in the dumps or anxious (which is often these days), upon my seeing her sweet face I'm calmed and uplifted.

It will be a big loss to have  Giuseppe, Teresa, and Snooze be gone, and it will be a noisy disruption to endure the noise fro the renovation which is supposedly scheduled to occur there, but I will do my best to continue to be productive in my garden, where the stories in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak, take place.


And to reiterate what I've been saying here on Blogger, "During this time where many people have been confined to their homes due to lockdown restrictions (re the coronavirus pandemic), these books (whose stories are set in my garden) are great to have around as a reminder that there is still so much beauty in our fallen world." It's also good to note that these books make for a great gift to anyone who is a dad, and with Father's Day is tomorrow!

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