“Good in PhinneyWood” Sharing Round-up
The PNA and the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library are collecting experiences of COVID-19 to share with the community – for a little virtual connection. We want to hear and share what new things you have discovered during the quarantine, how your life is different, what’s bringing you some joy (or sadness), and how you’ve seen our community come together.
Emily Weissman, COVID-19
Hello! I’m a local artist and painted this piece in the midst of the big scramble for sanitation supplies. Follow Emily on Instagram at @urm.em.sketches
Anna McKee, Physical Distancing Woman” and “Physical Distancing Man
Thanks for collecting our shared experience. I’ve been picturing Da Vinci’s “Vitruvius Man” since having to maintain 6 ft distances. The image illustrates that our outstretched arms are approximately our height, which is handy measure for determining distance.
This is what inspired “Physical Distancing Woman” and “Physical Distancing Man”. I drew it with sumi ink, using myself and my husband’s outline.
On N 73rd St, between 1st Ave N and Palatine Ave N.
Submitted by Iva N.
There is of course much downside to all this, but our family has been doing okay – we work from home, two school-aged children study from home. We have been missing the library (four blocks away) quite a bit, and I’ve been feeling guilty of being the last person able to borrow a book that another ~120 people seem to be waiting for. Sorry, neighbors!
The reason I chose to contribute however is to point to some of the really lovely small changes we noticed around us. We are getting to know our neighbors better – and sometimes strangers. We are getting to know our neighborhood better – and boy does it look lovely with everyone’s blooming yards so carefully tended to. We are seeing people “chalking” people – leaving supportive notes in front of friends’ houses or just for passersby to read. We are seeing our local restaurants get really creative with takeout and delivery to serve people’s evolving needs. We are seeing people chatting porch-to-street to say hello. We are noticing lots of teddy bears and bunnies and unicorns in people’s windows. We are getting and returning lots of smiles with strangers as we pass each other on opposite sides of the street.
And farther afield, we’ve been enjoying nature come closer to us – as volunteers with the Carkeek Watershed salmon imprint pond, we had official business (feeding salmon fry) in Carkeek Park during the park’s closure and had the pleasure of watching a pair of gorgeous pileated woodpeckers pecking at a tree just a few yards away.
I really hope that once this is “over” we can all remember and continue this feeling of togetherness and appreciation of the smaller joys of life.