I believe in physics and Newton’s third law, that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  It seems we in CA who are over 65 are being told to stay at home, to not leave our abode. I have always been a law-abiding citizen but there is something about this order that is pushing me out to walk, walk, walk.  We have to show our ID’s to buy alcohol. Will we now be accosted on the street to show our ID if we appear to be over 65?

My son sends me this as consolation: “Your grandparents were called to war.  You are being called to sit on your couch. You can do this.” 

Well, actually my grandfather and father went to war, one to WWI, the war to end all wars, and the other to WWII.  My father was a pilot in WWII who on his 34th mission in a B-17 was shot down and parachuting out of a burning plane landed in Austria near Germany.  He was handed over to the SS and placed in a POW camp in the north of Germany for 18 months until the war ended. When he tried to escape he was placed in solitary confinement standing in water.   

I sit here now wondering if this confinement of the elderly, we who were told by scientists that “60 is the new 50”, is an overreaction. My sons say it is essential. They are both self-quarantined, and they are young. They say it must be done.

Anemone and mussels close to survive low tide. I’ll do the same. Homeward bound. May we all be well!

Mussels and anemone close to survive low tide

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