My son is incredulous. You spent 18 minutes watching a porcupine at the Cincinnati Zoo? Yes, I inform him, and though it’s for kids, adults, too, can send in a creative project showing what they learned.
“What did you learn,” he asks, adult now to my child. “I learned how cute they are, how curious, and how even in a safe environment, they might feel fear and lift their quills. They can’t shoot their quills, and they need interaction. They love to climb and this little guy had to learn how to use his tail as a fifth leg. Mainly I saw how much we and porcupines need and love stimulation.”
I point out to my son that he has the joy of being sheltered-in-place with his adorable five and a half month old son. He is stimulated. I want to learn something new every day too.
Mainly though I’m grateful for the gift of being able to shelter-in-place. I understand that travel from our country has infected people in other countries. A doctor in India points out that many people there, and here, too, of course, have no ability to socially isolate or sanitize their hands.
I’m a person of privilege, and I know and appreciate it. I Face Time with my sons and grandson every day, and yet, even so, or maybe because of it, I enjoy watching the Jellies at the Monterey Bay aquarium, and reading about Orangutans playing with otters at a zoo in Belgium, and seeing a porcupine explore his human-created environment.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five star general who not only served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during WWII, but was also president of the United States from 1953 to 1961 said that: Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Imagine if we had that kind of leadership now, and yet this requires each of us to wake up and enter into responsibility for our lives and responses. Our Interdependence is clear, and we thrive on interaction, touch, stimulation, connection, and Love!!