We still have April weather best described as days of overcast skies, rain, high humidity, and low temperatures followed by one day of sunny skies, higher temperatures and high pollen count. The local hiking trails and woods are "swampy" and not enjoyable, so I have been keeping inside. My photographic creativity is waning. Tomorrow, I'll put one of my film lenses on the Fuji X-T2 and take it on my errands.
This quote is part of a short but thoughtful piece by James Shelly that asks us to consider what we mean by the phrase "We’re all in this together". James's words are more eloquent and focused than the rant I wrote a month ago.
When you hear people say, “We’re all in this together,” it’s important to clarify who is included in the “we.” Why? Claiming a common experience where none exists is first the enemy of solidarity.
All the federal, state and county-owned parks and woodlands are closed in New Jersey.
My neighbourhood is townhomes with shared space backyards. Just a fifteen-minute walk away, are low-income apartments with no public spaces. These residents have very few options to be outside during physical distancing. At the other end of town, are six-bedroom homes with three-car garages and spacious backyards, some of which have in-ground pools or tennis courts. Our experience with shelter-in-place is not the same.
My neighbour is a single mother with four kids. She lost her job as a yoga instructor the same day the governor issued executive orders shutting down all non-essential business. Both my wife and I can work. I can't imagine how she is managing. The kids play outside in the evenings, but I haven't seen my neighbour in a few weeks.
We're all affected by the pandemic but just not in the same way.