From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.”  Marion Zimmer Bradley

Every year in November I retrieve my Bon Appetit magazines looking for Thanksgiving feast ideas.  For younger people not familiar with Bon Appetit, it is the bible for elegant and one-of-a-kind special dish recipes.  But this year will be different.  With the COVID-19 virus in full swing, it is not wise to have traditionally large family gatherings to share the Thanksgiving meal.  The risk of transmitting the virus and infecting our loved ones is real.  We all want to share the blessing of being together.  However, the price can be high and not worth putting our families at risk.  Technology has empowered us to still be together, share a meal, exchange old and new stories, and build memories.  Let’s wait for a safer time to once again get together and enjoy the company of friends and family.  For this holiday, I suggest keeping in touch without actually being physically together.  We can share our valued moments via technology with phone calls or virtual meetings.  This will minimize the risk of loneliness and maintain the sense of togetherness while still respecting social distance.  Please continue to count our blessings of health, happiness, and the sharing of good news.  Despite the many adjustments that COVID-19 imposes upon us, my husband and I are thankful for 2020.  We remain healthy, continue to enjoy our outdoor hikes, our son is now married, and we may choose not to have a large gathering this Thanksgiving.  However, we are blessed with technology to be able to see each other without the risk of being infected or infecting others.  I am sure that despite COVID-19, we all will count our blessings.