Oh, what stories we’ll have to tell.
S I WRITE — or to
be correct, dic-tate
— this, we
are still in lock-down
because of COVID-19
and facing more challenges
than most of our generations
have ever known.
Because I’ve been home
since the end of January
with my broken arm, my
perspective is different. I’m
not masked, standing in line
at a grocery store. I’m not
driving on the streets to get
there, seeing all the closed
My town, Wrightsville
Beach, has had more
street traffic and pedes-trian
traffic than I would
prefer. It seems like a lot
of people are ignoring the stay-at-home order, putting others at risk.
All the same, my days are pretty simple: pain avoidance and healing. It’s been surprising what one can do with only one arm.
Every few days somebody brings me food and leaves it on my porch. (Today it was savory wings from The Fresh Market. My
gratitude to The Fresh Market and those who bring me the food knows no bounds.)
Regardless of the plentiful challenges, I am quite optimistic that soon businesses will be open and the economy will boom
again. As I said last month, quoting Solomon, the wisest and richest man in history: this too shall pass.
They’ve gone back into the archives to pull a photo of me in Susan Warwick’s bee farm from September 2015. It was a mem-orable
day. Allison Potter and I started it terrified of the buzzing bees, but by the end, I was practically sprawled on a beehive,
laughing for all the world to see.
And that’s my analogy for where we all are in life right now: If you don’t panic, but stay calm, keep looking up and trust in what
you know, you’re not going to get stung.
It’s spring on the coast of North
Carolina, my favorite time of the year,
virus or no virus.
Hopefully the next time you see me
we will be on the other side of this. My
wish for you until then is peace, love
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SEE IT NOW AT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFNLOhQ7kjI
To honor our 20th anniversary we collaborated with Cassian
Films to create a
Take a few minutes
to journey with us
through two decades
of celebrating the
people and places that
make our community
Pat Bradford in the beehives of Susan Warwick September 2015. As the day progressed, she became
increasingly emboldened, here completely at ease on a buzzing beehive.
WBM FILE PHOTO