Sundays in spring could be for walks in the park or brunch with friends, but in these Covid-19 days, we have to reimagine what it means to have respite and relax on the Sabbath.
Lots of my clergy friends have started Facebook Live and Zoom churches, so worship in PJs is expanding what the possible looks like for folks who didn't set foot in a building.
It got me to thinking about the other part of my weekend that I look forward to. I love books, bookstores, coffee shops, and a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street with the trees in bloom with my camera in hand. I can't do that right now.
This time of social distancing and safe-at-home presents us an opportunity.
The world has necessarily had to slow down and reimagine what it is to exist in a place without being physically present with each other.
How do we come together and enjoy spaces without being in the same space?
Or, how do we contemplate what we will do until the end of April when we have run out of Netflix, Hulu, or ate all the snacks in the house?
Consider picking up a book.
Life has slowed down so much for me that I have taken another look at my overflowing bookshelves, to reintroduce myself to the treasures I picked up in my travels and didn't have time to consider. I have been juggling finishing seminary, working for a social justice non-profit, and simply life, that reading the way I used to started to be a luxury I was going to have to wait until the summer to renew.
Then Covid-19 literally stopped the world. It was more than a Spring Forward, for a Spring Still. A pause in the moment to contemplate what has been and what can change.
I still miss leisurely browsing independent bookstores like the last visit to one celebrating my husband's birthday just last month, or sitting at the coffee shop to read, but decided to celebrate what I have within my midst.
My balcony can become my coffee shop, the view of the trees the ambiance, and some exciting books my company.
How about this Sunday we take a moment to put pause on even the Zoom meet-ups and go back to an old fashioned pleasure, just books in hand (or if you have to, Kindle) and be immersed in another world that was before we were all afraid of running out of toilet paper or counting how many squats we do when we wash our hands.
Grab a latte or mimosa, a cozy blanket, put on your comfiest sweat pants and t-shirt, and settle in for a beautiful Sunday of reading.
What's on my Read-in List?
I'm currently reading Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by sister, Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite.
It is a delightful story of a wildly independent thinking teenager who insists upon using her voice. It is written in an unexpected way.
Since April 22nd is the proposed end of our self-quarantine, I decided to make myself a list of books I'd like to read, books outside of work or ministry, but books for the sake of. This is on my TBR pile, what are you considering? If you are like me, I was reaching information overload, sadness, and a bit of anger over all the Covid-19 coverage that I needed to let my soul breathe.
Come, quiet the noise with me.
Here is my Cover-19 reading list:
1. Dear Haiti, love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
2. The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
3. The Itch by Benilde Little
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