Friday, April 24, 2020

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
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

tacos - ole!
fresh fillings
spicy taste
twin tacos
shelled embrace
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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 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

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.


Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, my gosh this is so much fun! I must admit to chaffing a bit when my young adult bounded up from the basement to complain about an empty box of cheerios today. I go out to buy food once a week for a family of six and yesterday I finished the bag of cheerios that she left next to the empty box. Well, that's enough of that story...suffice it to say that we are just a bit cranky at our loss of freedom to eat out. So, I request something in the Honey Nut Cheerio line! Thanks, Bridgit

Tabatha said...

How clever and cute! Such a great idea. I'll email you.

Linda B said...

Oh, Bridget, I do think the creativity emerging from this time is fabulous. I could quote line after line that I love, but this one--"shelled embrace" is definitely one of the best! I'm only a party of one, but also would love a stop somewhere for lunch with family & friends! (I'll email, too!)

Joan and Bernie said...

Wonderfly creative and fun!

Sally Murphy said...

No yolk - I love these, and what an excellent way to deal with your cravings. Thanks Bridget.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! I will send you a virtual bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios for your young adult. And he/she doesn't have to share it with anyone! Until then, hang in there. Sending you my best wishes. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Tabatha! And thanks for your "order"! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, Linda, eating out is such a distant memory...sigh. Thanks for your "order" I hope the take away for your recipients is a smile. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Joan! Your "order" will be whizzing your way this weekend! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Sally! Art and poetry satisfies cravings and are calorie-free! :)

jama said...

This entire post makes me so happy, Bridget!! Love your takeaway reflections, and then of course your email takeaways are the BEST. Awesome pic of Smidgey too!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Oh my heavens--way to bring the joy! I don't know why but Saturdays appear to be bad days for me now, so your ecards, your socute drawings, your springy silly excellent poems are a tonic. I'll take one of each and donate to No Kid Hungry also!

Bridget Magee said...

YOU make me so happy, Jama! Thank you for your 'order'. Smidgey needs a nap after a spring like that...and a bit of cheese. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Yay! Thank you, Heidi! I'm glad my post brought you joy and look forward to my ecards spreading joy even farther. Thanks for donating to NKH as well, win-win again!

Kay said...

These are fabulous! I love everyone of them, and especially how they combine creativity, togetherness, connection and generosity. Bravo!

Linda Kulp Trout said...

These are so amazing! What a talent. Thank you for donating to NoKidHungry. I'm doing the same as it is a charity near and dear to my heart.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Kay! It was a long thought process that came to the idea, but I'm glad people are embracing it. I have lots of 'orders'. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! Yay, I'm glad you are also on board with NoKidHungry. Much needed charity (unfortunately). :)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Feeling the love, Bridget! What a wonderful idea to put a bit of joy back into the world. I'll email shortly. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you for your 'order', Michelle! And for reading to the end of my stream of weird consciousness. And thanks for your 'love'! :)

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