Hello all –
On Monday, I turned 50. I spent it at home with my family, eating a cake that a friend dropped on our front porch. She couldn’t come in. I couldn’t give her a hug. Many of my gifts and cards were online. My brother-in-law sent me a card that he left unsealed, because he didn’t want to spread any germs.
Welcome to the new normal. As I said before, we are all heartbroken by this.
As with all tragedies, I have seen incredible acts of kindness, and I have seen despicable acts of selfishness across the world, the nation and in our own communities. This gives me concern but it also gives me hope.
The best thing I can think to do at this time is to remember these words:
This will pass.
One day this will be a memory, a reason to share stories, and a reason to reflect on what we have learned. For now, though, we can do much more than just “wait it out.” We can make calls, send texts, send emails — check in on each other.
Keep sharing ideas with each other – ways to cope, ways to stay engaged and ideas for keeping our younger ones connected and supported. It really matters.
Meanwhile, I want to try to express my gratitude to so many of you — like Rev. Leslie who has reached out several times to make sure I was okay and to see if I needed any support; to Russ Araujo, Reid Hester, Laura Knight, Regina Pugh, and many other unnamed individuals who have keep the wheels turning and who have worked to ensure that we all stay connected.
Also – to Denise Martinez who has truly been the heart & soul behind everything since this all started.
This will pass and I can’t wait until it does.
Until we meet again.