It’s our second full summer in Boston. It’s also our second full summer of Covid-19. We moved here in August of 2019 amidst a whirlwind and by the time our emotions and thoughts caught up to us the pandemic was here. Right now, though, I’m reminded of my mom. The weather is similar to that of Michigan. Some hot, humid days with the windows open and the sounds of the neighborhood pouring through. Our kids are running around the house with their babysitter, and I wish I could share these times with my mom. Tell her how they remind me of my childhood with her. My mom was a steady presence in my life. Always there.
In the moments of quiet, I thought about stillness, how stillness requires effort, that stillness does not imply inaction or doing nothing. The deer, when she hears your footsteps, is intentional in being still. It takes effort not to move.