Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After this scourge is over & life gets back to some kind of a normal, maybe we can meet in St Louis? Or is that too optimistic?
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I usually see the glass half-full, but this bugger has me uncertain & off kilter.
How are things by you all? Here’s hoping you & your families are all OK.
I just watched the White House Task Force briefing and the news that we’ll have to self-isolate for (at least) another month
It comes as no surprise to me and I’m glad our ‘optimistic’ president. listens to the good advice of his health experts.
The situation is dire, but I tell myself it could be worse. We’re all aware of that.
I’m lucky to be in decent health and am not afraid as I take good precautions. It reminds me of the Brits during WW II, staying in their shelters and hoping to be out of danger.
I’ve had NO work since last June (in view if my age, it’ll probably never come back – I was lucky to have it as long as I did) – there are NO meetings requiring interpretation AT ALL at the United Nations at this time – NEVER BEFORE!), so things are not too different for me, but of course I miss seeing my family, my friends, and going out.
While I’m very sociable, love company, enjoy music, and theater, I’m surprising myself at how busy one can be without going out or doing much!! But then I’ve never known what it is to be bored, and I find all kinds of occupations, as I’m sure many of you do.
I’m lucky that an old friend and neighbor is staying with me some of the time, and while she can be a pest, it’s OK not to be all alone, I’m managing this slight intrusion. And she’s VERY cautious too.
My son Lawrence, daughter-in-law, Hayley and my two grandsons, Eli, age 6, an adorable little devil and Harry, who is more serious and sensitive, just turning 13, (whose May Bar Mitzvah is likely to be postponed!) have sought refuge in the Hamptons at a friend’s available place and are managing to keep busy, with Lawrence doing his Law work on the phone and the computer (I hope he doesn’t lose any clients!) and Hayley keeping the boys busy. I speak to them on Skype whenever possible. I imagine you’re all doing similar things. Other friends have gone to their summer houses, Woodstock, CT and Barrington, MA and other places away from this CV 19 epicenter.
Considering how awful this disease is, I’m managing OK. I hope you are too.
I‘ve rediscovered that I love to potter around, engage in domestic activities, cook, clean, wash, email, talk on the phone, watch great Netflix movies and series that I never saw before, and spend considerable time playing bridge on my computer, which can become addictive. But hey, who’s going to object!
My main concern is with a couple of friends who are older and aren’t entirely healthy, but I think they’re being very careful too.
My other concern is seriously worrying about the destruction of our economy. But what can one do but hope for the best when it’s all over?
If you haven’t been in New York City lately, it looks like a ghost town! Like in some old B-movies of yore.
No people on the street, very few buses, and almost no cars. You can cross any street without checking left & right!
It’s eerie! Who could have imagined??
Apologies for all the “I’s”
Will try to make it up to you with some fun/interesting emails (See good article below)
Please stay well and safe, and let’s stay in touch
Warsaw, Poland – May 1939
(Translation: CV As seen by my dog: “It’s for your own good! You have to stop touching your face!” )