My Mother’s Favorite Quote

One of my mother’s favorite sayings was “Everything happens for a reason”. If she was still with us today, she’d be saying exactly that right about now. I can actually hear her words in my head. I never could argue with Mom on this point, but sometimes I had a hard time figuring out what the reason was whenever a strange or disastrous event happened to friends or family, or when I heard of immense tragedies in other parts of the world.

With the rising number of deaths and illnesses from COVID-19, plus the social isolation, struggling global economy, fear, and uncertainty, I can’t help asking why. It’s in my nature. I do this all the time in real life about many things. The question’s also a crucial component in plotting mystery novels.

tropical-habitat-natural-environment-for-manatee-mammals[1]Scientific theories for the virus’s spread are circulating, along with tons of unscientific ones. Rather than focus on bats and conspiracy theories, I’ve been approaching the question in a more philosophical way (thanks to Mom’s quote) or perhaps an environmental one.

I started realizing that with fewer cruise ships on the water, fewer cars on the road, and fewer aircraft in the sky, maybe we’re giving the environment a wee bit of a much needed break. The Monday night evening news showed images of Venice canals that were actually blue and so clear compared to their usual murky brown state that people could see the bottom. Imagine that!

78[1]About a month ago, I read that emissions in China had decreased by about 25%. Whether this percentage is true or not isn’t as important as the often destructive ways human beings have interacted with animals, oceans, rivers, trees, jungles, and so forth. Did you seen photos of all the garbage left on Mount Everest earlier this year?

I’ve come to the conclusion that Mother Nature has just walloped our bottoms with a warning to behave, or else. We’ve even been sent to our rooms to think about what we’ve done. Lord knows we’d been given plenty of warnings through frequent and severe storms and fires, among other things, and too many of us still weren’t paying attention. Now, the ante has been raised and if we don’t pay attention this time, we’ll receive another beat down that’s going to kill a lot more people than the 7,500+ plus souls so far.

It’s up to each of us to step up game and help heal the planet, or face something much worse. At least, that’s how I interpret Mom’s quote.


Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

16 thoughts on “My Mother’s Favorite Quote”

  1. And there are signs that the virus may at last clear some of the pollution of Populism and Nationalism that has clouded our vision… Fresh air is good. (oh, and peek at the night sky when you get a chance: seeing a lot more stars lately, even in a city!)

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  2. I watch Stu Varney on the Fox Business channel every morning. He was saying the same as you have. The silver lining…

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    1. Yes, based on comments I’ve received, lots of people are beginning to see this. Maybe this will be the jump start we need to do things differently, like more working from home, for example.


  3. Perhaps that will be the “silver lining”. I think there is also a new reality to face and that is that the world is much more intertwined than we all realized. On my recent Maui visit in January I noticed the coral has really diminished, and it was saddening. All the warnings do nothing, none of the complaining – time to act for change. Saying all that I still believe in pipelines and even oil tankers, they are there already and safer now, so we should be using them also.

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    1. Agreed! It doesn’t have to be one way or the other, but a joint effort on both sides in the most responsible, safe way possible. It shouldn’t be that hard, but clearly, things are complicated here.


  4. My father and I were discussing the same this morning. It’s high time we all start living more mindfully. Nature is reclaiming and will do so in the future as well. On a lighter note, all this ‘abnormal’ atmosphere is so relaxing and peaceful.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Salonie, and I think there’s a fair bit of discussion going on now in households. I just hope that the discussions and mindfulness continue after the virus retreats and people return to their normal routines. It’s going to be vital to everyone’s well-being. This won’t be our last pandemic!

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