Empty Streets

Our home was in central Kaohsiung City from 1982 to 2007, and from then on until we retired and departed Taiwan in 2018, in central Tainan City. There is much that can be said about those two places, including that there’s never a time when nothing is moving on the streets. The contrast with where we live now, in Holland, MI during a time of lockdown, couldn’t be greater.


We go out and walk, because that’s about the only outdoor activity possible for us. We can’t be socially connected with ANYONE for another 4 weeks, and already it’s been 3 weeks that we’ve been inside.  As things get more and more serious, we find ourselves even crossing the street when we meet people coming our way. And nobody seems to mind. Smiles and waves from across the street are the most common reaction to seeing someone avoid you. 


What’s amazing is that crossing the streets requires only a cursory glance to make sure there’s not a car or truck coming. That’s how few vehicles we see. 

The air is clearer than it has been for a long time.  If we were people depending on current employment, we’d have a second worry. For now our only concern is disease.  Getting run over by a bus just isn’t on the list. 


David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.

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