Take Away

I've always had the strong desire to have a take away from life events - a life lesson or wisdom gleaned from having had whatever the experience.

Like my take away that Barbie doll hair doesn't grow back after you cut it to the scalp nubbins. Duly noted by the fact that my mother never bought me another Barbie after my "salon" incident.

Or my take away that Smidgey can go on a multiple day hunger strike protesting her perfectly good kibble after stealing inadvertently eating a large chunk of cheese and then having tummy issues. Duly noted that cheese can be used as a treat/motivator for Smidgey, but should not be a staple of her day-to-day diet. (Much to her chagrin.)
Look what Smidgey can do when cheese is a possibility.

My most recent take away: after 6 weeks of homemade meals, day after day, morning/noon/night, we have a hankering for a meal not cooked by us. In the olden' days(pre-Covid) we only went out to eat at restaurants about once a month as restaurants here are outrageously expensive: ~90CHF for Thai food for 3 (no alcohol)! But desperate times call for a splurge once in a while.

Now Maureen, being the teenager that she is, wanted Burger King. Of course, BK has been open for take away since the social distancing rules went into effect, but there isn't one in our village. In fact, there is only one in our Canton (state), in a neighboring city - about a 20 minute train ride from our house. And going on public transport for Burger King (an obvious non-essential food) is not only bad form, but is dangerous during a pandemic. (Note: BK is dangerous for my cardiovascular health anytime.) So we looked into delivery. O.M.G! A Whopper meal (burger, fries, and a drink) x 3 people is 55.80CHF. With delivery, an extra 17CHF. The grand total would be 72.80CHF! Needless to say, we didn't order BK take away. (As of this writing 1USD = .97CHF)

My take away from this BK-nearly-bankrupting-us-cardiac arrest-experience is we don't want take away THAT bad.

This brings me to the realities of this ongoing pandemic we all find ourselves in. What's my take away so far? People are fundamentally good, some governments, not so much.

Since the pandemic began I've had a strong desire to help beyond doing my part to Stay At Home. Living here in Switzerland, with only rudimentary German, I have been hard pressed to find ways to make a difference locally. And the Swiss government's response to widespread unemployment/furloughed employees has been much more humane, so the need here is not as acute as it is in my home country, the US. (Though the Swiss government's plan for reopening is scary, but that is a post for another day...)

Throughout our home confinement we have had a need to connect with family and friends locally and abroad. At the start of March, before Switzerland shut down, we sent out 3 packages to 3 different family members:
1 package made it to my Mom just after her 20 March birthday.
1 package is still AWOL somewhere between Switzerland and California, completely missing my daughter's 5 April birthday.
And 1 package went from Switzerland to Abu Dhabi and back to Switzerland again in a month. Apparently, after we sent it, the Abu Dhabi postal system shut down. Instead of holding it in that country until the restrictions lifted, they sent it back to Switzerland. At least parcels are getting a vacation.

Round trip for only 30CHF! Ugh.

The take away from these postal experiences? Email is a much better way to keep in touch with loved ones in this new world. So to keep in touch with family and friends, Maureen and I have been doing a drawing-a-day together using the YouTube drawing tutorial sites (most were DrawSoCute videos) and then emailing them to family and friends. They have been well received and having your teenage daughter want to draw beside you day after day of self isolation is a pandemic win!

Then inspiration struck! What if I combine my desire for take away, my desire to help, the desire to share Maureen and my pictures, my love of poetry and the efficiency of email into one big project?

Ta-da! I present to you my Pandemic Poetry Take Away Ecard Extravaganza!

Here is the Take Away Menu (picture + poem = ecard love):

Swiss Chocolate
white or dark 
chocolate piece
melts slowly over my 
tongue as I thank the Swiss
kindred spirits whose love for
chocolate is as mountainous as mine
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Swiss Cheese
all cheese
in the land of Swiss
is Swiss cheese
dairy bliss
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

PB&J family
we eat PB&J
scoop, spread, chew
mnest mnandwich memer
mouth stuck like glue
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
A dab of avocado...see what I did there?
A dab of...

A 'good' fat
Vitamins C, E, K, and B-6
Oil for cooking and cosmetics
Creamy texture
Actually a fruit
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tacos - ole!
fresh fillings
spicy taste
twin tacos
shelled embrace
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bunny 💓's pancakes
dry ingredients
combined with wet
mix thoroughly
forget the baguette

hot griddle
flip each side
golden syrup
home plate slide
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

cat calculating pi/pie

 Pi or pie
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A: ǝʞɐɔ ʎɐpɥʇɹıq ɐ

I wear a halo of fiery light,
while being a sweet delight.

You eat me on your special day,
to celebrate your aging - hooray!

I give you great pleasure,
and memories to treasure,
who am I?
 ©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

No yolk,
after this is over
let's do breakfast.
We're meant to be together.
 ©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

As an added bonus, most pictures have a cute little Smidgey (drawn by Maureen) to share our puppy love:

These calorie-free delicacies are perfect for the family and friends in YOUR life. Email your Pandemic Poetry Take Away order to bridget@bridgetmagee.com and I will send you as many JPEG picture/poems as you would like to send on to the special people in your life.

And for every drawing + poem you "order", I will donate to No Kid Hungry.org.

You pay NOTHING. (I am donating anyway, but this is much more fun, don't you think?)

I get the chance to share my pandemic picture/poetry creations to spread love across the world while simultaneously getting to make a tangible difference for the most vulnerable in my home country. The take away for this extravaganza? Win-win-win!

To join in on the Poetry Friday fun, visit Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering.