There are always inspirational sayings online and in many magazines to encourage us during these challenging times.
One concern for those who work and raise a family is how to balance all there is to do each day. You may want to call your aunt or a dear friend, but when can you fit the call into your already full schedule. Sometimes I’ve thought about dropping the person a handwritten note to let them know I was thinking about them. People appreciate a short note. I received a lovely card from a friend about the newspaper’s 20th anniversary. I thought how considerate it was of the person who sent it, knowing how busy his job and family life keep him.
My dad used to say, “It’s good to have something to look forward to.” I’ve found that phone conversations with good friends feel like gifts now. I haven’t been able to socialize with my friends for some time, so the phone visits are really special.
Somehow we should find time to make the calls. One of my friends I worked with when I lived in Manhattan, passed away recently. I had spoken to her the week before. She had several health issues, but was getting ready to move to Miami to be with her “kid” sister who would look after her. They had even bought a condo for her to live in. She was planning to move there a week after she went to the hospital where she died. I was very sad for her, and for me, as I kept thinking I won’t be able to talk to her anymore. That is what I often thought about with some of my other older friends. I always seem to have a deadline, but I should still make the time to call. Now, it’s too late.
So if someone is special to you, be sure let them know whenever you can. You may not always have the chance.
As we welcome the fall season, hoping for cooler weather, we think about the safest way to celebrate “the holidays.” Make your lists early. Have you noticed that the stores are out of products that you usually can purchase? You may need to make some alternative choices. But, start now.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season to you all.
By Diane Margolin