I woke up Thursday morning and the smoke was still there, but something else was there too: the slightest whisper, a tiny hint, a brand-new baby wind. I knew I missed the sky, but I hadn’t known how much I missed the wind. I missed the wind and the sounds of outdoors. We have been so sealed shut for a week—windows, doors, garage, car windows. If a kid needed to go outside to water a peach pit he planted, I’d open the door a crack for him to leave, then wait there nervously for his return, then open the door a crack to usher him in, like that mother out of A Wrinkle in Time. But today, today, the wind came and the smoke left and we let the wind in the house. I had to take a picture of this, it was so beautiful to me:
I missed all the kinds of wind. The warm evening ones, the cool morning ones, the loud windows-rolled down ones. I missed the sounds the wind brings, the pieces of shiny conversations and far-away laughter it brought near. I missed the rustling dress sounds of our big leaf maples, the happy shouts floating up from the lake, the sounds of construction on the houses behind us that had so annoyed me before our lockdown. There! Do you hear the hum of the freeway? Isn’t it the most lovely noise?
I missed the sounds an open window allow into your house. I missed the humans. I missed the machines. I missed it all, I missed the assurance the wind brings that life, life is happening all around.
Dear Wind, Dear Lovely Wind, thank you for bringing back our world.
WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Cakelike cornbread (Thanks for the recipe, M!)
Fruits & veggies