As I listen to people these days, I am reminded of one of the Beatles great songs. It begins “I read the news today, oh boy…” That song is titled “A Day in the Life.” Most of us have heard it. Most of us probably enjoy it. Most of us are probably following the lead of John Lennon and reading (or at least watching) the news. Any guesses of what the news will be this week? I think we can all answer that question. Some event may provide a slight distraction but the focus will quickly return to the latest on COVID-19. There is nothing wrong with watching the news but I do hope we all have found some other ways to spend time as well.
I hope most of us are involved in things that keep ourselves and others healthy. Your “day in the life” will likely be at least slightly different from mine, but due to the restrictions placed on social interaction I have already become pretty predictable.
I will eat oatmeal. I’m ok with that, there’s not much better than a combination of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla with a fruit topping. I will probably cook something a little more complicated at some point. Maybe a soup. Maybe something on the Weber. I like to smell like smoke after cooking. “You smell like smoke” someone may say. “Thank you” I will reply.
I predict that on Tuesday I will send a song to Karissa and Keightley. We do it every week and call it “Tunesday.” Last week it was “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra. This week I will be sending out “Hallelujah.” The Jeff Buckley version.
I have entered the world of vlogging. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have attempted to communicate some sense of meaning and hope through short video vignettes. I suspect I will be at it again this week as one way to maintain a sense of connection with the people of the church. It seems like such a trendy exercise, maybe I’m destined to become trendy. The earlier one I call “Tuesdays With Randy.” The next one I call, you guessed, “Thursdays With Randy.” Pretty trendy eh.
I always enjoy reading but admit my reading time has increased during quarantine. Most recently, I am rereading Under the Unpredictable Plant by Eugene Peterson. It is assigned for a class I am taking and I always consider it a bonus when I am assigned a book I have read before. It does encourage the risk that I will start to think I know what I’m talking about. That will be up to the professor to decide when I complete my critical review essay.
I will spend time in the garden. We have planted cabbage, radishes, onions, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, romaine and bibb lettuce. We have already started to harvest lettuce, arugula, and spinach. I will add to the compost. Probably kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, and crunchy brown leaves. When I don’t smell like smoke I like to smell like soil.
These are the things that make up a week in the life. At least for one average guy trying to be compliant with social restrictions. It has become rather predictable. I am hoping to shake things up a bit in the near future. Maybe I’ll follow John’s lead. Later in the song he sings “I saw a film today, oh boy.” Yeah, I’ll probably do that.