Storm at Sea
Someone I know shared this graphic on Facebook the other day and I thought it was profound.
My boat is a pretty sturdy one and I share it with a good husband and a fairly decent dog. I have a friend, though, who is alone in her boat and while she's a fine oarswoman, it seems as though her boat has sprung a tiny leak. She's struggling.
There are lots of different kinds of boats; there are large and small ones, there are prams and canoes and skiffs, motorboats and sailboats. Some are seaworthy in almost any weather condition; others tend to capsize under too strong a wind.
I'm managing my boat fairly well. After all, I have a co-captain who just happens to be an expert sailor. But sometimes we hit a point in the storm where the sailing is far from smooth and I'm really, really glad I have a lifejacket.
We're all in the same storm, but not the same boat. Depending on circumstances, we have different reactions, different ways of keeping our boats afloat.
During this time of self-isolation, most of us have hours -- or days -- where keeping that boat upright is challenging. It's not as if all of the other stresses and issues in our lives have magically gone away so that we can deal with the loneliness, the confinement, the financial worries, and the fear that Covid-19 produces.
This picture helps me remember all of that.
Until today I'd heard of the Storm at Sea quilt block, but never looked it up. Today I did. It's complicated! Just as it should be.