Text+pics by Rose T.
Where is the Easter Bunny when you need him? Or her? Big, fuzzy, huggable, no pants but adorable green vest and tie! Sweet! Fun! SPRING! Pastel colored eggs, pretty pink Easter coats for little girls, crisp navy blue ties for the boys. Everything sweet and new as a raindrop. As a kid my favorite spring flower was the daisy. Still is: a child’s flower. Kids like simple – it’s art. We adults all want to go back to seeing as children – seeing with genius. But today, through my coronavirus tears, I do not see daisies – I see Mother Earth and COVID 19 – a global pandemic that our climate-changing sins have wrought. Mama Earth has punished us for polluting her, raping her, killing so many of her wonderful children-animals. Live wet markets in China, in New York City. Birds changing their migration paths because of global warming. … Death, not rebirth, today for me. Very un-Easter, I know. And President Donald Trump leads this day’s Death Parade, baton held high!!
Challenging days, if you live alone like me, and are following the mayor, city manager, governor, Governor Cuomo and Dr. Fauci’s SHELTER IN PLACE directives. To save lives and help the docs and nurses and other medical angels at our hospitals! … I only go out twice, maybe three times, a week for necessities and to run my dogs. Staying home – being out of the life stream – is harder than I thought it would be. I never knew how my newspaper biz, my visits to the post office or to the Boulevard Diner for takeout coffee MADE ME SO HAPPY! The human touch. … Day one at home is Ok: I organize, clean, work on my biz. But by the end of Day 2 I am feeling trapped, low-down sad and looking like this:
… I go to the supermarket AND SEE ALL THESE GREAT FRONTLINE WORKERS risking their lives to keep our fridges full, KEEPING US ALL FED, ALIVE, FUNCTIONING. GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER MUST RAISE THEIR HOURLY WAGES TO $17/HOUR – $20 AN HOUR NOW FOR BEING PANDEMIC FRONT LINE WORKERS!
This country no longer – maybe never – respects/ed its workers! My late mom, Cecelia, MADE MINIMUM WAGE HER WHOLE LIFE – SAME JOB AT THE DRY CLEANERS, THEN MANAGING THE FRONT END FOR 25+ YEARS. She was a great worker! BUT HER BOSS EXPLOITED HER – NEVER GAVE HER A RAISE FOR 25+ YEARS. Because the boss knew she could exploit my mother. Cecelia was a single working mom …
Our little, fragile family barely hung on in our Green Island tenement decades ago. America is still exploiting workers like “Ma.” Trump and co couldn’t care less. The Democrats have dropped the ball, too. Except for Bernie Sanders, who this past week suspended his presidential csmpaign, NO ONE CARES. Bernie wanted to make life better for the regular person and his/her kids.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is healthy again, out of hospital, THANKS TO TWO IMMIGRANT NURSES AND THE UK’S NHS! Both of which he slagged as he pushed for BREXIT. Boris exploited the UK’s working class’ fear of minorities and foreigners to create divisions, win election, and MAKE BREXIT A REALITY. He is just like our moron President Trump! And now he thanks the two “foreigners” – the angel nurses who were by his side for 48 hours straight monitoring his oxygen intake – the medical professionals, heroes, who SAVED HIS Fat A*s. His LIFE.
Boris, like Trump, also downplayed the coronavirus during the first few months of the pandemic. Blustered past ALL THE MEDICAL FACTS. And yet his country came through for him – the country he is destroying with all that blustery charisma of his. Like our moron Trump.
HAPPY EASTER! WE ARE ALL IN THIS SHI*HOLE TOGETHER! WE ARE STILL HANGING ON THE CROSS!