Honoring those… – May 2020

Our world has changed since the spread of the corona-virus (COVID-19).  Life as we once knew it does not exist, at least for now.  Instead our life and world has changed since the spread of this pandemic called “corona-virus (COVID-19).”  Since the end of March, we have been in what I like to call “lock down,” also known as “self-isolation,” and two months later here we are finally starting the phase to gradually end the lock down and slowly resume life as we once knew it.  While life is slowly resuming this does not mean we do not still have to practice social distancing or wearing our face mask.  Who would have ever thought we would be wearing face masks out in public to prevent the risk of spreading or contracting the virus – even if we don’t have the virus wearing the mask is respectful to others, even if you don’t like it.  Today, we are maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks, parents are now home school teachers, essential workers are teleworking from home – while font-line essential workers have to leave their home to go to work every day and risk their health and life as well as their family.

I like to take a moment to personally say THANK YOU to all our Healthcare Workers, Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Grocery Store workers for all YOU have done for us.  You are out there every day risking your health and life to save ours.  Let us not forget about our grocery store workers who are making sure the shelves are well stocked with food and supplies for us.  If you have not said “Thank You” to any of these Essential Front-line workers, would you today?  It is about making a difference and impact on a person’s life and putting a smile on both of your faces. It does not have to be a grand gesture; it can be as simple as a wave or a smile to show that you care.  During times like this it is nice to know you are appreciated.

Who would have ever thought we would be living in an era of a pandemic?  Having to raise our children or grandchildren through this is even more difficult in times like this.  If you have young children, I can only imagine how hard this is on them.  Young children do not understand why they cannot have a birthday party or play with their friends or go to school, etc.  It is not only difficult and challenging for adults, it also is for young children as well.

While it is vital for people to stay home on lock down, I have noticed how communities are coming together to help their neighbors and local businesses.  It is the act of kindness that can make a big difference during these difficult and challenging times.  One thing I have noticed is the nice gesture local Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and EMT’s are making by coming forward to help make a child’s birthday special or a day special for an elderly person.  If it is your birthday or special day, why not make a lot of noise.  The children love seeing the flashing lights and hearing the sirens, we know that children would prefer a birthday party with cake and ice cream and presents to open.

In recent years High School and College Graduates celebrate commencement with a ceremony in achieving their milestone, and afterwards a BIG celebration thrown by their parents with family and friends.  For these graduates walking across the stage is not just about a celebration, it is about the recognition of all their hard work, sacrifices that they have made and their achievements.  This year will be especially hard for many graduates for many different reasons.  Graduation ceremonies will be different or challenging due to the pandemic of COVID-19. This year is especially heartbreaking, so many missed opportunities to celebrate achievements and milestones for high school seniors. This was their last year to do all the fun stuff seniors love to do, such as senior prom, senior trip, senior week, senior awards ceremony/banquet, and graduation. Let us not forget about our College graduate, for them this is also a milestone.  It is a celebration and momentous time for them and their family, especially if they are the first in their family to attend college and graduate.  This is a difficult time for any High School Senior and College Graduate, this is the most important milestone of their life.  In honor of our High School and College graduates ‘Class of 2020,’ I would like you to know this is YOUR YEAR! How is your community coming together in celebrating high school and college graduates or graduation ceremonies?