Sitting at my computer, 2:30 in the afternoon, working, and my phone makes a blink of sound. One of those alerts. I look over at the thing sitting face up on the tabletop.
The U.S. has surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths.
An unfathomable number.
I take a moment of silence. Weirdly, I feel like maybe other people, maybe picking up their phones, are doing this too.
A sparse rain is making a patter on the roof. Sparse enough that you can hear almost every drop, tick, tick.
I wonder how long it would take to hear half a million raindrops.