Stay safe, stay indoors and remember to wash your hands
It's an uncertain and frightening time. There's no other way to put it.
I'm sure you've all had your inboxes flooded with COVID-19 updates. I know I certainly have, and between the emails and the 24 hour news cycle, I've been feeling drained and overwhelmed. Our way of life has been completely upended in a matter of weeks. It is, to put it mildly, a lot to process.
However, even during these difficult times, we must remember that there's so much to hope for, to be grateful for. As a result of this terrible virus, we're also witnessing incredible heroism and kindness as people stand united to protect the vulnerable. I'd like to share a personal example with all of you.
My husband Jim and I are both considered high risk, having compromised immune systems and respiratory challenges. Knowing this, our neighbors offered to do our grocery shopping for us. A huge help, to be sure, but their thoughtfulness didn't end there.
You see, we usually make the three and a half hour trip to visit my sister in law around this time each year to her file her income taxes, but of course with everything going on right now, we simply couldn't. Our neighbors kindly offered to make the trip for us to collect the papers from my sister in law and submit them for us. I don't know what we would have done without their generous offer of help.
There have been a lot of news stories about people engaging in fear driven behaviors, and unfortunately, taking advantage of others. That's why now, more than ever, it's important to be generous, responsible and most of all, kind.
We're all in this together.