Up until recently, many of us Canadians have been concerned about the vaccine rollout given the increase of new variants and our CoVid numbers rising. CoVid fatigue and spring shower spells haven’t helped either clouding our perspective. BUT this week I feel we are turning the corner and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. More people are being vaccinated. Mark was given his shot last week; I get mine on May 6 and our sons are able to register. In addition, I read an article that once people are double vaccinated our interactions with other double vaccine people will be more normalized. Of course, this will pertain to smaller gatherings at home, rather than with total strangers but heck, what a breakthrough!
It got me thinking of summers on Vancouver Island. One of the biggest thrills over the summer through the fall for Islanders and tourists alike is the possibility of a whale sighting. There is something so invigorating about seeing these majestic animals. Moreover, these sightings, especially from land, are rare and comparable to winning the lottery. Being in pursuit of a whale sighting is being in pursuit of determined optimistic hope.
My character, Wanda, in Watchful Wishing Whirling Wanda’s Whale Pleas! speaks to this sense of determined optimism and hope. This optimism is so prevalent in children. Maybe we need to adopt a child-like mindset more often?