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Amy's Reflections

March 30, 2020

So today was my mother-in-law’s 75th birthday. Because of her health issues we chose to not spend the evening with her like we normally do on her birthday. Instead, we made supper, packaged up servings for her along with cake, whip cream and strawberries and then delivered it to her house. We sang happy birthday separated by a door in her porch to keep her safe. Then we drove home and used FaceTime so we could say grace and have our meal together. Although not ideal it worked out great and we had a wonderful discussion over supper.  One of our greatest strengths as a human is our ability to problem solve. There has never been a better time than now to tap into your problem solving abilities.

In one of my conversations with Dr. Diamond this week she shared something in passing that really resonated with me. She said “We are running a marathon and not a sprint with our response to COVID-19”. I will be honest there have been times over the past two weeks when I have been barely able to crawl let alone run a steady pace in this race we are in. Interestingly enough in those exact moments is when someone would step in and lift me up. I just want to remind everyone to take a deep breath and lean on each other. We are an incredibly strong team and together we can and will accomplish great things. Don’t burn yourselves out before we have even started the race. Take care of each other but also remember to take care of yourselves.

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