The monarchs still drift southward from garden to garden on their long migration. And this year, it seems their numbers are more abundant. Perhaps that is so because this year we are not fighting mosquitoes with aerial attacks of pesticides. Do you believe that was just a year ago?
Up until Sunday, it was impossible to think of shopping for anything except the necessity of comfort food. But somehow on Sunday, it seemed fitting to buy a gift, a little book and to buy perennials for my abandoned garden, wild with weeds.
The new face of patriotism is to begin community-by-community supporting our local merchants even if our desire to shop is dimmed. Begin with buying presents for loved ones for no occasion in particular. And then be kind to yourself with a treat that will bring some remembered joy.
The new face of patriotism is to dig deeper into our pockets for our charitable contributions. While the relief effort contributions are thankfully growing, let us not forget all of our local agencies. More than ever Great Neck needs a vibrant Senior Center, the nurturing support for our children at CLASP, counseling at COPAY and the stress of the times will intensify the need for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence to remain strong. These are just a few of the United Community Fund's agencies.
At a home down the street, there are balloons tied to a tree proclaiming, "It's a boy." In the midst of death, there is still the promise of life.
And all the stirrings of life are achingly sweet.