#MakeaJoyfulNoise

It was 7:15 pm last night and I was sitting alone on my drawbridge, contemplating this strange new world in which we live. One in which we are isolated, even in a crowded city like Seattle. I was feeling lonely and sad.

Then my husband sent me a link to an article entitled, Seattleites encouraged to make ‘joyful noise’ tonight in appreciation of front line workers in coronavirus pandemic.

It was asking people to make some noise at 8pm that very night. Play an instrument. Sing. Bang some pots. Anything to support those frontline workers. What a delightful concept.

So, being on my drawbridge, I decided to set my alarm and blow my horn for 15 seconds at 8pm. It was exciting, somehow, to express myself in the face of this pandemic. I blew my horn for Paula and Steve and John, all friends who work in health care. It was glorious.

But then it was kind of a letdown, because I didn’t hear anyone else making a noise. But wait. I turned off my heater and opened the window. And there it was. Pots and pans! Cowbells! People were coming together!

Crazy how a president can divide us but a pandemic virus can unite us once again.

I hope this becomes a nightly thing, because this is the best I’ve felt in weeks! I hope all the bridges will blow their horns at 8 pm. I hope all the buses will toot. I hope people will shout from their balconies.

We’re still here! We’re still here! We’re still here!

we are here

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5 thoughts on “#MakeaJoyfulNoise

  1. Carole

    This hit my heart so hard with happy beats. I am sitting alone on 20 acres content with the sounds of singing frogs, the waterfall, and woodland breezes. So much joy, but miss the humanity. Thanks again Barb for keeping me connected. I don’t know why I can’t stop crying.

  2. Angiportus Librarysaver

    Found out about this a bit too late. But I recall how amazed I was 40-some years back to find that I could hear a bridge’s horn from 2 miles off.

  3. Pingback: A Bridgetender Thanks Frontline Workers – The View from a Drawbridge

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