If you have a good photo of yourself in lockdown—or doing something interesting, to introduce yourself to other readers—by all means send it to me with a short caption (two photos max, please).
Today’s featured reader is Scott Gerum, whose pictures arrived May 1, with captions that are indented:
I’ve attached a picture of my wife Aleda and son Marc for you to post if you like. Marc loves to see your duck pictures and hear the stories. His birthday, May 4, is close to the day of “the big hatch” and I’ll have him blow out a candle for your ducklings when the time comes.
They are about to embark on their regular morning constitutional. The picture was taken early last week and mornings in central NJ have been ridiculously cold. It is May, correct?
The walk has been a staple of their “social exclusion” due to the pandemic, which we discretely refer to as “the sickness”. My wife is a teacher, my son a pre-k student, and getting out once or twice a day helps with remote learning.
Several times a day, they travel circular 1 or 2 miles around our neighborhood. Both keep a reasonable pace (30 to 40 minutes for 2 miles) and Marc takes the distance in stride. And he always reports back on the numbers of bunnies, birds, or stumps he sees. Daddy will join them for a walk after lunch or dinner when operational levels of caffeine are no longer a concern.
So, this is how we have passed the time for exercise by Walking. Wearing clothes fit for darkest winter during what likely is the darkest spring of our lives.
Marc misses his friends and it breaks our hearts that he can’t play with or interact with anyone in a normal fashion. Although, he will still yell hello to anyone he sees, even after they’ve crossed the street!
When I asked Scott where the picture of him was, he sent one:
Caught me. I’m always behind the camera!
Will this do?
We recently got Marc a new bike and here we are celebrating. Marc insisted his best buddy “kitty” came with us to pick up his birthday gift (check under my left arm). I got the Lion cub toy from the Bronx Zoo ten years before I met my wife. The toy just seemed to follow me (as if waiting for someone?). And now Marc and Kitty are inseparable!