Things I don’t Want to Forget (so far) when This Changes to Something Else:
- The feeling of having as much time as I need.
- The joy of being with other people.
- The joy of making music with other people.
- The clarity of the air, and its feel on me and in me.
- The intensity of sunlight at all times of day, and the luminosity of what it hits.
- The quiet at night, really the quiet all the time.
- Our ability to hear more than we know.
- The sound of the birds, so much so that even in the middle of the night, it’s like a
- The lack of litter that I used to pick up because of the fast-food joints up the road from
the natural area I help out with.
- Kids roaming the neighborhood on bikes like I used to.
- How delicious food we make can taste.
- Dreaming about things, and then living through those same dreams.
- Families moving around the neighborhood in packs.
- Talking on the phone and face-timing more than in the past two decades.
- Finding work-arounds for lots of stuff.
- Finding no alternatives for some things.
- Wondering what “stay safe” is supposed to mean.
Ethan Seltzer lives in Portland, Oregon, and is an Emeritus Professor at Portland State University.