Hello August, come on in quietly. Please leave your shoes at the door and grab a chair. We need to have a talk.
I’m greeting you in Portuguese because Portugal is where I’d like to be right now - plus they’re the only ones who might accept us without quarantining 14 days.
We’re in a big mess here and have great expectations for the remains of our 2020 summer under a bubble. This COVID-19 Pandemic has messed up everything, and tragically has taken many lives. We’re doing our part with masking, social distancing, and washing hands. But we need a little help coping with other things.
Rain. Desperately needed here in Arizona. July failed miserably with almost no rain and we’re drying up in the extreme heat. Weekly showers would be nice, daily even better. I have faith in you, August. Actually that leads to the second Big issue.
Heat. We’ve had too many days of triple digit temperatures. Enough already! It’s damned oppressive, along with everything else. Need a break here. And hope for cooler days.
No more violence. Listen up. This has to stop! Right now! Need To spread a bunch of Love 💕.
Relief for our healthcare workers is critical. They are divine, but wearing down from the stress.
Guidance about educating our kids would be appreciated. Extra points.
Ok August. You have your marching orders. Did you take notes? It’s a lot to ask but I’m sure you’re up to it! Otherwise, see Portugal because we’re outta here!
Thank you. Virtual hugs.
While you’re isolating, you might want to check out my books at www.marytateengels.com By the way you can read them with your mask on.
PS. Photos, top to bottom:
Classic pastry of Portugal, Pasteis de Nata;
Typical Lisbon sidewalks, inlaid with tile;
Tremendous monument honoring Portuguese world explorers;
Ponte de Lima, Roman bridge from 1 AD, still in use;
Our favorite Michelin-recommended restaurant in Viana do Castelo.