I Do Not Believe It!
What don’t I believe? Well, I don’t believe it snowed here this morning! It’s nearly June, for heaven’s sake!
And yep, we had snow.
It didn’t stick around, as the temperature is above zero (just), but it was cold enough that I reluctantly pulled out socks and put them on.
In all the fuss about the pandemic, I think a lot of us have forgotten that the world is also facing an environmental crisis, not just a health one.
I’ve also had friends go through the most horrendous tragedies lately that actually have nothing to do with either crisis (I think–there’s little information at the moment). And for the last few days, I have recalled several times Gandalf’s speech in the Mines of Moria, from the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, when Frodo says:
And because I can’t help but geek out over stuff like this, I went looking for the exact quotation in the book, because I couldn’t remember how it went, and it’s not there.
In Chapter two of The Fellowship of the Rings, Frodo says to Gandalf:
‘I do really wish to destroy it!’ cried Frodo. ‘Or, well, to have it destroyed. I am not made for perilous quests. I wish I had never seen the Ring! Why did it come to me? Why was I chosen?’
‘Such questions cannot be answered,’ said Gandalf. ‘You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.’
The movie version is far less wordy, but I do like the written version, too.
We are stuck with this time of crisis. It’s grinding and wearing. I, too, wish I could have back the quiet, untroubled times I had before, when grocery shopping was a pleasant 90 minute every week with Mark, and not a regimented, high-risk operation that takes a full day every three weeks, and a bottle of disinfectant to produce food safe to eat.
But here we are.
My version of deciding what to do with the times we’re in is to write more, grow more things, and be kinder.
Also: Read more books. I just added all my JRR Tolkien books to my reader!
More Fantasy… Kinda
There is a deal happening with the first two books of the Destiny’s Trinities paranormal romance series right now:
A Paranormal Romance series
The linked titles, above, will take you to the book’s page on my site, and from there, the link to Amazon will jump you to your local Amazon.