Remember when, as were stuck inside for weeks at a time if not longer, we hopped onto our patios, decks and sidewalks to howl as we navigated those bewildering initial months of the COVID-19 crisis?
Two years ago this month, the world as we know it went sideways, quickly, dramatically and with horrifically cascading impacts. In those early days, the community rallied, calling for kindness, supporting an array of GoFundMe campaigns for specific businesses, direct $1,000 cash grants to businesses in need and an innumerable array of efforts to support our neighbors.
Hugh Kuhn, who was among those who created the Mill Valley Howl that had families all over town bounding outside to stretch their vocal cords in support of frontline workers – has proposed that we do so again on Tuesday, March 22, from 8-8:05pm.
“Two years ago, we were thrown into a time of hardship, pain, struggle, and general disarray thanks to the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” Kuhn wrote in a post on Nextdoor. A year ago we thought we were starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. We were so wrong. What started as a vocal thank you to healthcare workers, a means to express compassion for those impacted by Covid, and a show of community determination grew into a national phenomenon. But mostly it created a sense of community cohesiveness.”
“On Tuesday, March 22, we will howl again to express our gratitude to all frontline workers who have suffered while doing their often thankless jobs,” he continued. “We will howl to say thank you to our community for doing our part to mitigate the virus’ spread. And we will howl to honor those who have perished and to express our sadness at all that we have lost. Please spread the word. One night. 5 minutes. One howl of solidarity. One howl of memories. One howl from our hearts.”