In normal times, a feature “Spotlight” on our member might have a more cheerful tone, but fourteen months into the COVID pandemic, I feel bereft, but with gratitude. While no immediate family nor friends have died, there are more than enough that became ill, lost jobs, or had their own loved ones suffer.
Mental health and other medical fallout is pervasive and humbling. Focusing on small achievable tasks is healing. Walking outside has helped a lot, and I appreciate the many Zoom treadmill jokes and supportive comments that some of you have made privately.
The blessings of having my family, meaningful work at Bergen Family Center and nurturing interests sustain me. In the dark of winter, seedlings sprouted from seeds and growing on the windowsill provided connection to the reality that life does go on. Now, many are outside in pots and several are rooted into the garden soil.
With Jennie Katsaros and Jacqueline Guttman there is nearly a weekly live music making. While the quality gradually improves, the impact spiritually and emotionally is what counts. Because we do not sing, we can wear masks and be properly distanced. It was special that we shared our New Years “Auld Lang Syne” with all of you at our December year end party.
Our virtual meetings are as enriching as anything I have experienced in nearly 30 years as a member. Kudos, Lisa and best to all of our members.