A Message From Michelle
The summer heat has taken hold and in a flash of a second, we pause to realize we are halfway through 2021!
It’s amazing how despite all that might be happening around us, time marches on. We mark that time with celebrations, vacations, and reunions.
This message today is nothing more than a reminder to strive never to take those ‘small’ moments for granted. We’ve all been through a year and a half of stress; unlike any that most of us have endured. It’s been the stress of fear, dread and uncertainty; never quite knowing what might be around the corner. But each morning, we all got up, grabbed our Superman (or woman!) capes and went out the door to face whatever life threw in our direction. Some days were better than others; we soared through them with hands in the air screaming, “Yes, we GOT this!”…and then other days, we tore off that cape in defeat feeling as if the world was closing in around us.
But as I said, this message is about rising up! We are hopeful, we are strong, we are resilient! Our Pickering Manor residents, families and staff have trusted the process and held on through all this adversity.
We celebrate with one another now; able to witness the milestones of life…graduations, weddings, babies, birthdays! Times when we gather to share food and laughter with one another (safely)! We reunite with our families who we haven’t seen in so long; trying desperately to make up for lost time and promising to never lose sight of what a hug really feels like! I’m planning a trip ‘home’ to Kentucky soon and am so excited to see my family, the roots that feed my heart each time I go there. We all have those places and spaces that fill us up; that remind us of a time when life was slower and summers were forever long….
So let’s all grab up these moments together and weave them into a warm blanket we’ll wrap around ourselves when life gets cold. We’ll enjoy the sun, the heat, the humidity…and the pop-up lemonade stand across the street from Pickering; the cantaloupes growing in a little garden around the corner; the music and laughter coming from the corners of our lives; the screeches of excitement from little granddaughters in a pool…and we’ll celebrate this beautiful summer together!