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.