Three Days of the Pandemic

Scan Alert Image.jpg by guest contributor J. Patrick Murphy, C.M., Ph.D.

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A Client's Story

My mother Arlene is 95 years old, lives by herself, drives herself to get groceries, go to church and work out at the gym twice a week. I called her to see if she was behaving herself and staying away from the coronavirus.

One of my sisters picked up—she had driven 2.5 hours to spend the week with mom. A second sister had joined them and all three were working an assembly line making masks for local healthcare providers with mom at the sewing machine.A third sister could not join the assembly line so she worked at her own home making masks. A brother-in-law made grocery runs; all were safe, well and happy. The next day when mask supplies ran out they made face-time calls to great grandchildren to read them stories.

Ah, yes, Jesus taught us to tell stories with a point….

My day is as ordinary as anybody’s but I like to enjoy the good that others do and pass it along. The stories of good people doing good things make my day. I hope some will make your day too.

J Patrick.jpgIn three days a friend made three outstanding gourmet meals; another friend made a Binnys run to replenish the liquor larder. A former student from China emailed me to get my mailing address—she is sending me a few face masks. I made a phone call to an old friend to offer a little cheer and encouragement. He, his wife and his son are all restricted from driving for various medical reasons. They depend on the kindness of friends and neighbors to get to doctor appointments and groceries.

At the end of the day my brother in Maine and I celebrated what would have been our father’s 101st birthday with his favorite drink, the Old Fashioned. It was the first time I was glad dad was no longer with us. Covid19 would surely have killed him.

April 1, 2020

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