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Thankfulness during a Pandemic

Saturday, November 21, 2020

It is easy to give in to negative thinking during this pandemic, especially with a view of quiet holidays looming in the future that do not include the usual social events with friends and family. Add to that a week-long energy - draining intestinal bug, and you have a pretty good picture of what life was like for me last week.

However, as my good health and energy return, so, too, does my positive outlook -- and my feelings of gratitude!

While at times I will say "it's only the two of us" - meaning just my husband and me - I really do recognize that having my husband here with me during this time of quarantining is a real blessing. And I am grateful for his presence. For those of us who are truly singles - who are truly by ourselves - I understand how much more difficult it is. We have a close family member who just lost her husband and is mourning alone -- and this pandemic is making it so much worse for her.

I am also grateful for the modern technology that enables us to keep in contact with one another without having to be in the same room, potentially sharing germs. More and more people in the New York metropolitan area are moving away from the crowds in the city - to live in the suburbs and the countryside - and even at the seashore - because now they can work from home.

All the organizations that I belong to - and that I lead - are having virtual meetings on Zoom.
I have learned all about Zoom - and have taken out a private subscription to enable me to run the photo club meetings and the bi-weekly short story sessions while I remain at home. I am also able to attend other evening meetings in my pajamas, comfortably sipping tea, with the video turned off.

My son and his family in California have joined with my son and grandson in New York and with my husband and me to play games together online. We have actually had game nights across the country!

I also use Zoom to meet individually with each of my three grandkids to discuss books they are reading. They give me the titles, and I read the books, too, so that we have something to talk about when we Zoom with each other. I easily order their books on my Kindle - and they are downloaded immediately.
The same holds true for the book group that I belong to. Our meetings are also virtual.

I am grateful for all of that... and more.

I am especially thankful that I am still able to walk every day. The exercise is essential to my feelings of well being.

And, finally, in spite of my eating soft foods to calm my intestinal tract, my scale has managed to move in the right direction.

I am feeling just about back to normal now.

And I am thinking of all my friends here - and wishing you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.
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    You too!
    59 days ago
    When we think of the Spanish flu pandemic -- with NO technologies such as we have today -- it must have been so much more difficult. I too am grateful for all the ways we can keep in touch, and for my husband and just having enough space inside and out for the two of us to be comfortable. Many many people are dealing with more difficulties than I am: it doesn't behoove me (a word I love!!) to be whiny!!
    61 days ago
    Sue, you said so many good things!
    As much as I growl at my man, I'd not rather be with anyone else.

    My son in law has had Zoom meetings on Saturdays with his family in the UK. His two sister's and his step-brother's families join in with his parents and they play games.

    61 days ago
    happy thanksgiving hope you feel better hugs
    61 days ago
    You are doing fantastic!! Love all of your methods of staying connected. I am grateful to have my hubby too. With his cancer, radiation, and chemo he can't be around anyone right now but me so I gratefully fill the void. Life is what you make it.
    61 days ago
    Amen for both Zoom and being able to get out and walk! The new phone got tested with Zoom this morning, while ALICIA363 was testing her own Zoom app on old tech... took me a while to figure it out, but now maybe I'll think about doing Zoom Thanksgiving on the phone instead of the computer, so I can walk / pace with it!
    61 days ago
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