Meet an “invincible summer” in Thelma Z

“In the midst of winter, I found that there was in me an invincible summer” Albert Camus

Staying calm under pressureThis is the tag line of the blog by Thelma Z, a new acquaintance from a memoir writing class I’m taking. It reads like something that might arise out of our current calamity. It speaks to me as a message for right here and right now. However, this is not a new blog or a new tagline, she’s been writing here for over 10 years. This arose from an earlier tragedy in her life.

With several more years on her clock than me, Thelma, and so many others ahead of me in age and wisdom, appear to be weathering the COVID19 threat with greater ease and calm. I’ve placed phone calls to all my 80+-year old relatives this past week and the contrast between their calm, matter-of-fact reactions and my fretful concerns is striking.

This is not their first rodeo.

With that, I’d like to invite you to visit ThelmaZ at her blog, where she has started reflecting on the current Coronavirus threat from her vantage point. Start with “The Virus is on Everybody’s Minds” from March 15th and then read how things have changed in just seven days in “Coronavirus: Part 2” from March 22nd. She tells me that she’s a regular Sunday poster — I’m already eager to read her upcoming Sunday post. Lots has changed since the 22nd, just three days ago; what will be happening by Sunday, four days from now?!

2 thoughts on “Meet an “invincible summer” in Thelma Z

  1. Rhonda Sweeney March 25, 2020 / 11:53 am

    Indeed, even my neighbor, 11 years older, who has seen much tragedy with the early death of her son, her father, a divorce, her mother’s Alzheimer’s, and the more recent death of her 2nd husband and her only brother, she is a calming force for me and others. I have found that I can be the calm others need, and seek those around me who can calm me!

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  2. Lidia March 25, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    Love the Camus quote – I forgot it and it’s so perfect for our current almost surreal circumstances. Thank you for sharing it!

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