Finding A New Normal
~ Orannhawk 

The rain continues, random exchanges of

downpours, lightning strikes and thunder,

lapsing into light showers and mist. My

yard is soggy, the grasses already too

high and another week of rain is expected. 

I’m content with the rain, seeing the cleansing

it brings to the land and to the soul.

It is my hope by the time this is published, we will be on the upswing against the virulent contagion sweeping across the world. There is so much for us to gain from this global event, aside from the fear and panic and most importantly the losses.

It’s not easy for many to see how we can gain anything from this devastation, however it is important for us to look and embrace what we can. I am reminded about the stories my parents and grandparents shared about coping with limited resources during WWII and the Great Depression; as well as how our Ancestors survived.

We can’t afford to be complacent, nor can we burrow into a hole of fear, scurrying and attempting to hoard food and toilet paper like some self-indulgent rodent. I can’t help but see this as a call to get back to the basics on all levels. We are, for the most part, a modernized society, with cell phones and internet services and social media. Honestly, we’re not near as isolated as the panicked side of the mind wants you to believe.

We have resources, there are countless places to order seeds without breaking the budget and there are plenty of things one can grow, even if your patch of land is a couple of clay pots on a porch. Make do. Seriously. A pot of beans goes a long way. Growing up, there was a pot of beans simmering on the stove every week. We ate simply, we grew most of our vegetables and visits to any fast food restaurant were a treat, at most once a year, if that. Get creative with leftovers if you have them. Don’t throw out what you can use. Turn off your lights unless you are actually in the room. Conserve your resources, don’t waste the water, and utilize everything you can.  

Check on the Elders, obviously in a safe way, make sure they have food and necessities. Talk to them, listen to them, and remember respect. Be honest with your children, in an age appropriate way about the changes in your lives. Do what you can for your community. Read, clean your home, spend some time outdoors and listen to the birds, get creative, do the things you’ve wanted to do at home, but put off because of work or social obligations. Plant your garden, wave to your neighbors, check in with family and friends and tend to your spirit. Pray, take the time to connect with Creator and be thankful for what you do have.

Our local community has an online neighborhood forum, where participants can post needs or questions, or even updates on missing pets. It’s been an amazing thing to see how quickly the responses came in for a new mother who had no access to baby wipes and other items for her child. Multiple things were gifted 
to her and left on her doorstep. Several local restaurants have continued to receive their wholesale supplies of foods, disinfectant and toilet paper and the state has allowed these establishments to resale these items to the public at their wholesale prices. Even when this crisis has passed, when we move into the new normal, it is important to hold onto our priorities. We need to continue to come together as 
communities, to help each other. Be kind.

Yes, it is important to plan ahead, to have supplies at the ready, just as our Ancestors did, however we cannot fall prey to living in fear and hoarding. Obviously, we need to be vigilant with our own safety as well as others, now and even after this has passed. I hope that you have taken the time to be productive with this time at home, connecting to the family who are in your home, or with friends and family by phone or internet.

We may be isolated, but we are not alone. Creator is always with us, the Ancestors are with us. We will move forward, we will have a new normal. Let’s make it a stronger, more connected normal.