My son and I are in New York City now. The last time I was in New York City, in March 2020, I was attending a group therapy conference, which was the week before everything closed down here. Several of us attending that conference then, including me, got COVID.
That was then, this is now.
Last night, Aaron and I went to Junior’s, the restaurant I went to every day then, during the week-long March 2020 group therapy conference. After I discovered I had COVID, I texted my server Rhys (who I had put in my blog back then) …
… with concern, telling him I had COVID and wondering if he was okay. He was fine, but he and everybody else at Junior’s had been laid off then, as everything in NYC had closed down.
That was then …
… this is now.
When I was here in March 2020, I took photos of the Ed Sullivan Theatre then because I love Stephen Colbert.
That was then, this is now, when I have a ticket to see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert during this trip.
Do you see then and now in my other images for today?
My TED talk about then and now might be titled “Everything Old Is New Again.” And there’s no way I’m checking my wipers now — my car is back in Boston because we took the train. And I never eat fast food, then or now, when I’m in New York City!
Rhys — the welcoming, perceptive, kind, aware, attentive, versatile, soulful, generous, and lovable server at Junior’s restaurant in New York City — really didn’t know how he affected me until I published yesterday’s blog post (and today’s!).
I really didn’t know how I affected Rhys until he showed me his instagram account yesterday and asked to get some pictures with me yesterday.
I really don’t know how I affect other people by sharing thoughts and images here, including these:
Perhaps McCoy Tyner, the incredible jazz pianist who died yesterday, didn’t really know how he affected other people. Here‘s one of the most affecting pieces of music I’ve ever heard (performed live in Berlin in 1990):
Here‘s the recording of “Fly with the Wind” which has affected me for decades:
Here‘s another incredible piece from the same album:
We really don’t know how we affect other people unless we tell each other. I want to tell you how I grateful I am for all of you, every day.
… some delicious things at two NYC restaurants, fears about the coronavirus, the coronavirus, new habits and behaviors because of the coronavirus, and “Something’s Coming” from the new production of West Side Story (which I’m seeing tonight at the Broadway Theater across from our hotel).
Something’s coming in the comments section, I assume.
Finally, something’s coming and it’s gratitude that we’re all still alive, as always.