This beautiful little rose garden is tucked into a corner of my favorite park,
the North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Over the past year I walked through here many times to keep track of the roses blooming
and to sometimes sit down and tune out this crazy world and our politics.
In moments this entire pandemic seemed just too unreal!
And quite scary!
Life however went on and we had no choice but to adapt if we wanted to avoid getting sick.
The peaceful stillness of the rose garden helped soothe my worries and concerns.
Every morning, the sun still rose, the birds sang, the flowers would open …
… and the dew drops would sparkle!
Rarely did I encounter another human here in the rose garden.
And that was just fine with me.
Occasionally a group of people would be practicing Tai Chi …
… and once this group of musicians played their ukuleles and sang in the gazebo.
What a pleasant surprise concert on a sunny Sunday afternoon!
It felt good to see other human beings, but I always kept a very healthy distance.
Time passed and the strange faces in the park turned into familiar faces.
Some would stop and chat, others would look away and hurry on.
But the roses … the roses always were there!
It’s difficult to believe that it’s been over a year since this all began.
Hopefully things will improve more quickly now that vaccinations are happening.
Please stay safe, healthy and in good spirits!