Howling in Gratitude to Our Health Care Workers
I live in a small California town just north of the San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge called Mill Valley. Besides having some tremendous Redwood trees here, we have plenty of coyotes that love "singing" in the evening!
Their sounds fill our canyons and neighborhoods. In much the same way, we now come together as a community and express our gratitude to all health care workers with a five minute city wide "howl". It represents solidarity as is a fun way to give thanks to the health care workers. It also brings joy and love to all who participate.
It was an idea posted on our local NextDoor website that caught on quickly and something that I have been a part of each night at 8pm. The howls echo all around us and it's wonderful to be a part of something that makes Mill Valley a special place to live.
I've seen videos of singing from the balconeys in Italy (video), clapping in Paris (video link) and other organic movements that express our support for those on the front lines fighting the Coronavirus every single day.
On a few nights, I've played some music either before the howling, or after, or sometimes on both sides of the howling. Dancing in the dark is good exercise! Our neighbors all practice important social distancing and the energy created is simply the best!
With news that we are to shelter in place until May 1, 2020, there will be plenty of time to howl and let our health care workers we appreciate all of them!
Please stay safe. Please stay home! And don't forget to howl!