Happy Double Anniversary

The first anniversary has been in the news this week, especially on Thursday, when our President spoke about it in his first primetime address to the country. In one respect this is not an anniversary we are pleased to celebrate – one year of the pandemic called COVID-19. We have been through a year of loss of jobs, reduction in income, depression, frustration, and death. Many of you have been affected in those ways and others. It has been a year of loss for so many people. I would never want to minimize that.

After our mourning, however, it is appropriate to also give thanks for the many good things that have happened during this last year. I have seen an outpouring of generosity from strangers, I have witnessed compassion from unlikely sources, and in these times of crises, people are beginning to think of helping their neighbor for the first time, at least the first time in a long time.

How have I changed during this past year, you might ask? I have become more thankful for the little blessings like the first iris of Spring,

The fat Daddy Bluebird watching his house from the fence,

The beautiful pink tree that adds such welcomed color to the landscape,

The smile of our grandson visiting today because we have had our 2 vaccines,

And another day with my dear husband.

What makes you smile today? How have you changed positively in the last year, and for what are you thankful today?

The second anniversary is totally a happy one. This is the end of 3 years of this blog!

I began writing on a whim, after asking the advice of my local Parkinson’s support group. Through this blog I have made friends in many states and countries, and I have learned so much about Parkinson’s, about myself, and about writing. This has given me a way to express how I feel about caring for my husband, and I have discovered that many of those feelings resonate with others like you.

As my goal has been to support and encourage you, the result has been that YOU have supported and encouraged me. We are not alone in this task of caring. We have each other, we have friends, families and churches who stand with us, and we have a Wonderful God who sees us, knows us, loves us, and cares for us.

Thanks for reading, for commenting, and for your support. God bless you.

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

16 thoughts on “Happy Double Anniversary

  1. It is hard to believe you have been writing this blog for 2 years. I always look forward to the new one each week. This week was exciting at the food bank because 3 guys who have not been there since covid started are back. They got their second shot and for one 94 year old it meant his grandchildren would let him out of the house. Also this week a friend from Florida organized an outside luncheon for 10 of us. It was so good to see friends we have not connected with in a long time. I think this spring brings hope for many reasons.
    Wishing everyone a blessed day.

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  2. I look forward to your blog. It is uplifting and encouraging. Thank you for being there to comfort our doubts. Congratulations on your anniversary.

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  3. I am so thankful that God let me “meet” you here in the blogging world. You have tremendously blessed me. Our friendship from across the miles is a benefit of technology, yes, but also a sweet picture of the bonds we share in Christ and in caregiving. I LOVE seeing the picture of your dear husband and your handsome grandson. This year has shown me even more about what a joy a simpler life can be, the value of family and friendships, and how smiles even behind a mask can cheer our hearts. Love sent your way, Cheryl.

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  4. Congrats on your blog anniversary!! Writing is so therapeutic and I just feel like those I’ve connected with on WordPress are just so encouraging and supportive!! I’m sure you would agree. It’s very much appreciated in a world that’s so chaotic!!
    Great photos!!❤️

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