I am giving you a gift of love today.
You really don’t need to read any further, because the picture tells its own story.
This is one of my favorite images. It was in April of 2020. Remember then? We were just starting to get serious about Covid. I was sitting in my parked car, downtown by George Washington Hospital, when this cat lady crossed the street.
Love? First, she is loving herself. She is wearing big purple dish-washing gloves. This was at a time you could hardly find medical gloves to buy, so she is serious and resourceful. She is loving herself and she is loving others, wearing a purple bandanna as a face mask. This was when we were just starting to wear masks. Again you could hardly buy the medical ones, folks were sharing patterns and hacks for face masks all over the internet. She is making do.
Making do? She’s stylin’.
Love? With a wad of bread in hand, she is shepherding the ducklings and their mama across a downtown street to safety.
That April day I leapt out of my car and zoomed in on my phone camera to capture this moment. I didn’t know if she was a nurse or a doctor arriving at the hospital, or a homeless person. Or whatever other identities we use to sort our neighbors. What I do know is that she is personifying love, and I feel privileged to have crossed paths. With the cat lady and the ducks.