Good evening friends, I was sitting here listening to the radio and it mentioned that it is the 1 year anniversary of Covid-19. One year ago today the WHO declared a global pandemic and many of us went on “lock down” for two weeks. Then the two weeks stretched to Easter, then there was hope that by Memorial Day we would be out celebrating, then summer and on and on it went with no end in sight. We missed trips, adventures, celebrations, hardships, and so much more.
One year and over 500,000 people gone; mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost a loved one to this pandemic, and to those who are still suffering from it.
We watched around the world our friends and family locked in their houses, singing from their balconies at night, tributes to the healthier care hero’s, and we waited, for answers, and for a cure.
This past year seems like the longest, slowest and yet fastest year. A year of changes for us all, a time when the world seemed to stop and yet the seasons still changed, late winter turned to spring, then summer, then fall and then winter again.
People lost their jobs, their homes, and businesses. We stopped traveling, kids stopped going to school, concerts were cancelled, the Olympics were cancelled, no proms, no graduations, no weddings or funerals, almost everything was cancelled and if it wasn’t canceled its was held in some new iteration.
I am lucky because I have a roof over my head, my husband has his job, and THANK GOD all of my family is safe and well from Covid-19. The only hardship for me was not being able to travel and see my family and friends. We have no plans to go anywhere until the Fall but like most people our plans are written in pencil on the calendar just in case there is a change.
I wonder though and I pray every day about the people who lost their lives, the people that were in abusive situations with no help, I wonder about the children that found virtual learning a challenge, I wonder what are the ramifications of staying home from school for a year?
There is a quote ” the most challenging times bring us the most empowering lessons.” I hope and pray that as we emerge from our homes and go back out into the world that maybe just maybe we emerge with more empathy, compassion, love, joy and wonder for ourselves, our fellow human beings, and Mother Earth.
I hope that you have a great night and a great weekend.