Today is my 14th day in isolation. Although a few days ago the parks were announced to be closed because of the coronavirus, the thought didn’t quite register. How would they close the parks, exactly? Would there be policemen just patrolling the grounds or what? I was curious, and I wanted to visit The Bean again so I started to walk. Although the official day of Spring started 10 days ago, the weather was quite cold, windy, and bleak like the mood of the entire world. As I got closer to Millenium Park there were metal gates all around, and it was so sad and depressing to see. As I approached the park from the side entrance and my eyes went toward The Bean, I could tell I wouldn’t get a good shot as it was too far away. Since the weather was so unpleasant I wanted to head back home but instead I decided to walk toward the front entrance. I could use the walk anyway, I thought. I felt a little smile coming on as The Bean was more visible, and I took my gloves off so I could take some pictures. It was eerie to witness absolutely no tourists around the sculpture. I’m so used to mobs of people surrounding it and people posing and jumping in front of it that my positive mindset tried to convince myself that it was nice not having anyone around. But I didn’t succeed in convincing myself at all. I felt lonely and sad, and I walked back home.
Right after I sat down with my hot tea I was hesitant to check the news as a friend just texted that there might be another 30 days of quarantine. WTF. I couldn’t believe it so I had to check the news. It seems to be true but I still can’t register this in my brain. Life without color will continue for much longer than originally thought.
May tomorrow bring more warmth, light, and positivity than today. 🙏