Sparkle & Shine (Silver Lining 7-12-2020)


July 14, 2020

As we pack up to leave the state campground this morning, we realize that the published departure time is 11 AM.  But at check-in, they made it clear that it is 10 AM. 

“It’s for the cleaning and sanitizing they have to do, because of COVID-19,” my friend comments.  She had observed them with special chemicals, coming to each campsite as someone left.  “They really have to do the bathrooms.”

As I think about it, the public “comfort stations” had been really quite clean—amazingly so for a state campground, actually.  

I am also now remembering that the pull-offs on I-90 were rather pristine.  There was someone in almost every one of them, too. 

And in Maine, back when we were “moosing” in June… those sinks (next to a composting toilet) in the state parks… also clearly sterilized. 

A small silver lining in an era of so much uncertainty about being out and about:  bathrooms you notice for their sparkle and shine. 

(And thank you, to the many workers who are diligently cleaning so often!)

Silver Linings…

started as my personal response to 2020’s global pandemic of COVID-19.  When I published them locally,  I was surprised by how much people responded to them.


I hope they bring some positivity to you, too, during this unsettling time

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