There are three walks that I regularly take. The longest is always the shortest because I am with a friend and we talk non-stop until suddenly we are back home.
The second longest is my walk-alone-walk that I take when I’m happy to be out. My third kind of walk is my mini-walk which I take when I should get out, but I’m not in the mood.
On my most recent mini-walk, some of the magnolias had fewer blossoms. But some were still in their prime. The tulips that had looked so beautiful a few days earlier were still abundant, but slightly less beautiful.
I take a busier street on the way home. I noticed a bus with flashing lights and opened doors parked at a corner. As I got closer, I saw a woman taking a book out of the Free Mini-Library box on that corner. She was wearing a uniform.
She got on the bus, turned off the flashing lights and drove her empty bus away--a scene that wouldn’t happen without a pandemic.