Although I haven’t been watching the news for a couple of months, I decided to watch a coronavirus update on television. I was alarmed at how quickly the virus is spreading and the number of people who’ve died already in Europe, China, and the USA.
On Friday alone, more than 400 people passed in the States from this disease. And the health experts are predicting a lot more people will die before this is over.
New York, California, and Washington State have the highest number of infected people, and I have friends in each state. Particularly in the Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Seattle areas of Washington.
I was thinking about those friends while viewing some of the photos and videos I’ve taken over the years.
A few years ago, my buddy Reg and I were at a baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, and we were surprised at what we witnessed during the playing of the national anthem. The visiting team was from Everett, Washington, and they had all gathered around home plate for the American and Canadian national songs. And to everyone’s surprise – the American players all sang the Canadian anthem – word-by-word!
I was fortunate to have caught their performance on my cell phone camera.
And although that was a very touching moment, I also once wrote about my American friends in a story about WW2. It was difficult to read the Gordon Sinclair article without getting emotional, and even rereading it today, brought tears to my eyes. Here is a link to the story: Any Gum Chum?
It’s been two weeks since I was last in the States, but it seems to be a lot longer. I miss my American friends and look forward to being able to walk with them again.
Until then, I’ll continue to go through my photo and video albums to refresh my memory while playing my favorite songs. I love music and listen to it throughout the day.
I plan to continue walking each day for at least an hour. I haven’t been able to meet my buddies Norm or Robert for our weekly coffee, but we’ve been talking on the phone.
Please be safe and stay calm. Everything is going to be okay – we just need to be vigilant!
Dedicated to my American friends
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):