Cherry Blossoms 🌸🐾
Monday, April 26th 2021
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a pretty rough week.
Our springer spaniel, Harvey, passed away on Thursday morning 💔
It was an autoimmune attack on his platelets, preventing his blood from clotting properly. The hardest bit was that it really came out of nowhere, he was in unbelievably good shape and ran at least 5km every morning. Within less than two days from an inkling of a problem and heading to the vets for a check, he was gone. The shock since has completely wiped us.
I’ve always spent a huge amount of time with him, but this past year in particular he got into the habit of sleeping on my bed, which faces my desk, watching me work for hours and hours every day. Be it mornings, afternoons, or into the night, anytime he wanted attention, company, and a nap, he’d come find me.
Writing C’mere to me often keeps me up late and for the first time in well over a year he’s not watching me right now as I type this… which just breaks my heart 😢
I know some people have pretty trivial relationships with pets, where at the end of the day ‘a dog is just a dog’, but as sappy as it sounds he really was more than that. Harvey was my best friend. We had a special bond, and the timeline for which he was in my life was also a big part of that; from just two days after I turned 13, to now, aged 23, all of my most formative years. I grew up with him, and no matter what was going on in my life I could confide it in him.
I don’t want to bring your day down with my sad news, I just want to remind you to be grateful for what you have right now, for who you have around you.
Don’t let life’s strife for ‘more’ cause you to take everything for granted, appreciate the little things.
C'mere to me…
Nomadland won best picture at last nights Oscars.
And Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour, the first Chinese woman and only the second woman ever, to win the Oscar for best director, for her work on Nomadland.
Covid is out of control in India, with the 7-day average now at over 310,000 cases a day, ~350,000 just yesterday.
This short article, by Bloomberg, outlines what the US needs to do to help, both as a humanitarian act but also as a necessary response in preventing the development of a more dangerous strand of the virus as it rips through a population of over 1.3B people…
“India’s role in the global pandemic is unique. The developing world is counting on affordable Indian vaccine-makers such as Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. for their supplies. With India now reserving virtually all its doses for domestic use, those countries will have to wait even longer to be vaccinated. And if the pandemic disrupts production at Indian pharmaceutical companies, it could affect crucial non-Covid medications as well.”
(read more - Bloomberg)
Cherry Blossoms 🌸
Lots of people have been out enjoying the fine weather this past weekend and the stunning Cherry Blossoms.
The trees are special in many cultures and are celebrated all around the world, but they are a particularly big deal in Japan.
There are several celebrations in the lead up to Spring for the Japanese but the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms is the main event, in fact, people are often even given days off work or half days to go and enjoy them.
They symbolize a time of renewal and their beauty actually lies in the fact that the blossoms last for such a short amount of time.
They represent the fleeting nature of existence and the impermanence of life, but looking at it in a beautiful and appreciative way rather than with sadness.
The Blossoms also bring hope, good fortune, and optimism for the future. And it coincides with the end of the fiscal and the school year in Japan, a period of change and new beginnings.
(shared this photo last week too, but I think it’s really pretty)
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That’s all 🤙🏽
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