Picnic Tables

Picnic Tables | Entiat, WA | May 2020

One heartening sign during lockdown has been work crews grooming parks and campgrounds for their limited reopening. Mowing grass, trimming weeds, sanitizing public toilets. Old gear — battered trash cans, sun-baked picnic tables — were replaced with newer, tougher equipment. Now we’re engaged in our own clean sweep of lifelong beliefs and routines. Landscaping new terrain. Replacing old ideas with … well, who knows what? For certain, how we lived at Christmas won’t be how we’ll live on Memorial Day. The parks I’ve seen in the last week are quiet, pristine and beautiful. I’m hoping the coming months will be, too — altered and unfamiliar, yes, but still beautiful, still shimmering with possibility.