Someone brought to my attention that I hadn't written in a while. While she was scrolling through some of the pictures on my phone, she asked why I hadn't written about this or that. With the pandemic, the heavy rainfall for three weeks, and my super busy job, the things that happen in my life aren't taking the form of stories. But I guess if you put enough small moments together, a picture emerges. Here are some snippets from my life.
I'm outside, walking on a dike with the sea sloshing around on one side and a quiet town on the other. Megumi points up in the sky and said, "Oishiso!" That looks delicious! She's pointing at a cumulous cloud that's bubbled up. These kinds of clouds are characteristic of summer. This day feels so much like summer that we can look up at the sky and forget the pandemic for a moment, forget our heavy work schedules, and just get drawn up in the shapes of clouds, the sound of waves, the taste of ice cream. I stop to take a picture of this fluffy formation in the sky and something spherical gets caught on camera as well. I look up again and there are more of them. A group of people are blowing bubbles our way. Megumi and I drop everything and start chasing them. Megumi and I are in our late thirties, and the people blowing bubbles don't look much younger. All of us are together in this moment trying so hard to enjoy life despite everything else happening in the world.