No Clue (still? again?)

I don’t know about you, but I know I’m laboring under the illusion that things are going to get better. What’s more, I’m not abdicating that illusion. I think in a situation such ours, that’s known as “optimism.”

I was chatting with a neighbor the other day. We were both standing in ankle-deep mud with snow all around. She and her husband own a campground in the nearby town of South Fork, up in the mountains. The snow did a number on their business. Broke trees to the extent that they don’t know if they’re going to stay open this year. Normally they close on October 1. People in RVs is one thing still going on even with C-19. She said there wasn’t much damage to anyone’s vehicles. I know the campground. It’s well laid out and when trees break, and it’s not a hurricane or something, the branches don’t go flying. They just drop.

We joked about God having all kinds of ideas like, “Well, those poor guys in the San Luis Valley have been in a drought for 10 months, and I wasn’t paying attention. I’d better fix that.”

“I don’t get this year at all,” she said.

Who does?

Featured image from The Far Side by Gary Larson

15 thoughts on “No Clue (still? again?)

  1. love the cartoon.
    Some days I do better than others with the optimism. Currently struggling, I think its fueled by all the fires on top of “everything else”. One breath at a time! Remind, remind, remind.

  2. I envy your optimism. I’m trying to keep mine going, but it’s tough! I always thought of myself as a glass three quarters full kind of gal, but this year has certainly been draining…

    • You know it’s different when as an individual I have a bad year. This year is certainly NOT that. I think our helplessness in the face of all this adds exponentially to the challenge of “putting a good face on it.”

  3. I’ve given up trying to make sense of it. Perhaps 2020 will be the year that wasn’t. In the meantime, that old mantra “one day at a time” helps the helplessness part a bit.

  4. I believe in optimism. I haven’t given up on the possibility that this year will redeem itself. I mean I’m hopeful for the election. I’m also looking forward to closing this one out and starting fresh in 2021.

  5. We had temperatures drop by 30 degrees for a couple of days here thanks to nuclear winter after a record number of triple-digit days and a spectacular number of dry lightning strikes leading to millions of acres going up in smoke. We still have massive uncontrolled wildfires in the mountains north of LA. Forecast is for the smoke to clear in a couple of days and we’ll be back up to 98F.

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