March 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Tuesday

  • The chance to teach.
  • The cardinal that visited one of your trees at lunchtime.
  • Leftover cod.
  • Push-ups.

30 Monday

  • Extra sleep.
  • Extra long walk.
  • Seeing people wearing shorts on said extra long walk.
  • Your health.
  • Fish sandwiches. With tartar sauce.
  • The men and women directly and bravely fighting this thing.

29 Sunday

  • Mobility day.
  • Money management time.
  • Five dollars to spend at the hardware store.
  • Having enough vegetables.
  • DIY videos.
  • Time spent discussing an article’s arguments and ideas.
  • Chicken sandwiches with cheese.
  • That voice inside.

28 Saturday

  • FaceTime.
  • Zoom.
  • Sensitive people.
  • The good that comes when you move first thing in the morning.
  • Writing partners.

27 Friday

  • Refund checks. Two in two days!
  • The end of a unique week.
  • The chance to be creative at work.
  • The power of anger.
  • Competence.
  • Granny Smith apples.

26 Thursday

  • Getting to the grocery store. Who knew that would ever be considered an achievement?
  • A freezer full of chicken and broccoli.
  • Having a full stock of food for the little buddy, too.
  • 60!

25 Wednesday

  • Your job.
  • The kind and capable people you work with who have adjusted to the current climate so swiftly and skillfully.
  • Extra time in the morning for an extra long walk.

24 Tuesday

  • Squirrels that dance on the top of your fence.
  • Your trees.
  • That there is no longer a snowbank on your driveway.
  • Apples and blueberries.

23 Monday

  • Facing fears: new technology. And it actually works!
  • Being able to get in a quick game of play ball with your little buddy on your lunch break.
  • Long post-work walks with same.
  • The healing power of hot tea.

22 Sunday

  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Bananas and blueberries.
  • The power of touch.
  • A really nice hug.
  • Neighbors who reach out to make sure you are OK.

21 Saturday

  • Staying connected by meeting with the group over the interweb.
  • Short workouts in the basement.
  • Being hungry.
  • Having energy.
  • Granny Smith apples.
  • Moving forward.
  • Watching your dog sprint after a squirrel.
  • Big trees.

20 Friday

  • Spring.
  • Late-afternoon walks.
  • Getting setup and cleaned up at home.
  • Open doors.

19 Thursday

  • Playtime with your dog.
  • Reminders that this life goes by fast.
  • Tails that wag. And butts, too.
  • Squirrels that make paws scamper.
  • Light meals.
  • Rain.
  • Grass.
  • Hot tea to keep the chest warm.
  • Allowing complicated feelings to sort themselves out.
  • Lemons.

18 Wednesday

  • Getting your taxes done. What a relief.
  • The ability to interact with audio and visual over the interweb.
  • People who work at Trader Joe’s.
  • Sardines.
  • Being prepared.
  • Warm showers before bed.
  • Dreams of chocolate-chip cookies.

17 Tuesday

  • Sleep.
  • Being within walking distance.
  • Your job.
  • Your gut.
  • Your dog.
  • Your house.
  • Your health.
  • Having enough food.
  • The sun.

16 Monday

  • The wisdom of the body.
  • Time to problem-solve.
  • Time off in the middle of the week.

14 Saturday

  • Having enough toilet paper.
  • Fumbling towards a new normal.
  • Long walks in fresh air.
  • Disinfectant wipes.
  • Your connection to you.
  • The New Yorker.
  • Epidemiologists.
  • Infectious disease experts.
  • Antiseptics for the mind.

13 Friday

  • Your health.
  • Your home.
  • Food.
  • Water.
  • Your job.
  • Your dog.
  • Being able to wash your own clothes.
  • Being able to bathe yourself.
  • When you are forced to appreciate the essentials.

11 Thursday

  • The choice to take care of yourself.
  • Doing your best, even when the going is slow.

10 Tuesday

  • Early morning visits to the car wash.
  • Seeing a fox amble over the dark road on the way back from the car wash.

9 Monday

  • The power of simplicity.
  • The strength that comes from connection.
  • Eggs for dinner.
  • The chance to look at something from a different angle.
  • Birds. The sound of birds!
  • The chance to learn something new about you.
  • Brazil nuts.

8 Sunday

  • Conversations that make the hours slip by.
  • Taking time to stretch and bench and put your body into the shape it’s supposed to be in.
  • Being with your people.
  • Mint tea.

7 Saturday

  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art.
  • Being comfortable with someone new.
  • Seeing an old painting that you already knew.
  • Stuffed pizza by the slice.
  • Picking up stacks of magazines from the library.
  • Long walks because why not?

6 Friday

  • Correctional exercises.
  • The chance to speak for someone else.
  • Your dog’s still-soft fur.
  • The pairs of rabbits that greeted you and your dog on your meandering, early-morning walk.
  • Oatmeal.

5 Thursday

  • Patience.
  • Acceptance.
  • Finishing an article and getting the all-clear from your editor. So energizing.
  • Salmon.

4 Wednesday

  • A surprising award/reward.
  • A confidence boost right when you could use one.
  • The clarifying power of anger.
  • The opportunity anger creates for connection.

3 Tuesday

  • People who volunteer at polling places.
  • Deciding your vote on the way there.
  • When your mode of transportation is your own two feet.
  • A familiar face in a new place.
  • Feeling deeply. Even when anger is involved.
  • Pragmatism.
  • Hope.

2 Monday

  • Being asked to take on a task.
  • Asking for what you need.

1 Sunday

  • Finishing a project.
  • Walking through puddles.
  • Mobility time.
  • Free hazelnut cookies.
  • Trader Joe.
  • Pete Buttigieg.
  • Reading the Sunday paper cover to cover.
  • Reading Marshall McLuhan.