The need for communication and connection has been reinforced in our lives with the global crisis of Covid-19.
I have always loved to stay connected with family and friends, but in our busy world sometimes it is hard to stay connected to those not in our immediate daily affairs.
I decided last week to call every one of my cousins and others who I have not spoken to in months or even years. We talked, of course, about Covid-19, but the main focus of the conversations was a catch-up of all the news in our lives.
One day I was sitting in my window chair and thinking that somewhere in Italy or Iran or China was another 65-year-old woman like me who was worried about her children and grandchildren – the very same worries I had.
We are all connected in this world and we all have far more in common than we have in differences.
Our daughter-in-law is a respiratory tech and works at one of the local hospitals. I have always had tremendous respect and admiration for her, but this Covid-19 crisis takes it to another level.
A huge thank you to Karla and the others who work the front lines right now – doctors, nurses, sales clerks, truck drivers and delivery people. Their work allows the rest of us to be safe in our homes. They are amazing.
I love the connection technology brings to us. Technology like FaceTime, Whatsapp, Microsoft Teams and Zoom have allowed me to stay connected to our kids and grandkids. Every day, our grandkids Payton, Aubrey, Jameson, Veanne and Hannon share their day with me. I know about the art projects, the schoolwork, the life of their Barbies, growing peas, zoo animals, dance parties and loose teeth. I can hear their voices full of smiles when they say, “Hi Nana, guess what.”
I know that on the days that I am anxious and scared that I have a network of support people who are there when I need them. I know it is OK to reach out to people.
Stay safe, everyone.