Such a crazy time we are navigating. Each day is like adjusting to life on a new planet. Each foray into the news is terrifying, and leaves me shaken, so I’ve tried to only check headlines a few times a day to make sure I don’t miss urgent updates. I know we will all come out on the other side of this, but I’m missing my friends. A friend who lost her sweet pup recently, how I wish I could give her a hug today. Another friend who lost her job as an art teacher and was terrified, but then had a family member step forward to help. How I wish I could come to her studio and visit, to do something to let her know how important and valuable her creations are. Another friend who is alone in England, a former journalist and pen pal, who said because of her hearing loss, phone calls are making this time of isolation very difficult for her. She went to sit in her car the other day, to break the quiet monotony of her days. How many friends are alone in this, afraid, and needing help? Perhaps I’ll never know.
When we do come out on the other side, I have a lot of catching up to do, a lot of comforting to give, and a new appreciation of how important these shining souls are in life, my friends. There is one thing this virus cannot take away from us – it cannot separate us from love. It cannot distance us from hope. And it cannot stop art.
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