- On April 7, 2018
Since returning to Seattle on Easter Sunday, I have tried to sit down and finish writing my weekly blog. I actually wrote the bulk of it while I waited for my flight in New Orleans, LA (NOLA), but I decided to rest a bit. I had good intentions to complete it on Monday, April 2 when I was in my home office, but I made the mistake of turning on MSNBC. I was immediately sucked into the chaos and negativity of our current political and cultural climate. I asked myself why is the inevitable impeachment of 45 taking so long, and why had another unarmed African-American man been killed by the police…this time in Brooklyn, NY? And now it’s Saturday.
I have convinced myself that even in the midst of turmoil, I can always find joy! And that it’s never too far away, because it sits on my right and left shoulders whispering the words “do not despair” in both ears when my disgust level is about to make my head explode.
I had one of these fleeting moments when my friends and I parted in New Orleans and I took a minute to read the news. I wanted to shout “Help.” Instead, I walked into the French Quarter where I consumed a shrimp Po’Boy sandwich at New Orleans Seafood & Hamburger Company; and waited a few minutes and treated myself to an order of beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde. As I sat there amongst people enjoying this delectable NOLA treat, I heard cheers from the folks assembled on the sidewalk and I was curious. I joined the revelers as a NOLA Easter parade moved up Decatur Street and almost got a finger in my eye as a woman to my right grabbed beads in mid-air that were tossed by someone on a passing float! That was okay, because I didn’t miss the next ones. I loved being in the midst of all the laughter and colorful, creative Easter bonnets worn by women and men. Without trying hard, I had amassed quite a collection of beads even after I shared several with a couple of kids standing next to me. I didn’t stop smiling during my walk back to the Omni Hotel where I had stored my luggage.
To my surprise, an Easter Bunny greeted me in the lobby, and I was reminded that nothing and no one can take my joy.