Coping during COVID-19: Nature soothes, gives us reason to enjoy life

We asked readers to tell us how they’re coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we bring you some of the responses. We will publish more in the days ahead. To read all of the Coping series, click here.

My days brighten when I notice nature’s wonders: Bees buzzing around our lemon tree, lizards scampering up our retaining wall, and colorful flowers and green growth pushing up around the garden. Seeing clouds float across the sky and hearing the songs of so many types of birds brings joy, but what really makes me smile is the sight outside our kitchen window.

After chasing me from the front porch while I read a book, a hummingbird claimed her territory and over several days built her nest on top of our wind chime.  She leaves occasionally, then returns home to snuggle into her well-built, precariously placed nest.

Now I come to the window more often, and she adds a new interest as I wash dishes or cook. She no longer flies away if we go out the front door and doesn’t mind kitchen lights on at night.  I can hardly wait for about 10 more days when, hopefully, the eggs hatch. In these troubling times of shelter in place, nature soothes and gives us reason to enjoy life.

Susan Crawford
Lafayette

To read other submissions from readers about how they are coping during the coronavirus shutdown, click here.

We also welcome more submissions. Whether you’re working from home, out of work or a critical frontline worker, we’d like to hear from you. Think of this as an opportunity to share with other readers. Not about politics, but about how you’re getting by and how this challenging time affects you.

Send submissions to COVID19@bayareanewsgroup.com. Please include, for publication, your name and your city, and a horizontal photo of you. Please also include, not for publication, your address and phone number. Please limit your thoughts to 250 words.

Source: mercurynews
Coping during COVID-19: Nature soothes, gives us reason to enjoy life