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When I first started this post - before all hell broke loose mid-month - I was going to write about participating in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram. I still want to give British designer Joanne Hawker, a shout out.
|Photo credit: Joanne Hawker|
She started the hashtag - and the challenge - with the goal of getting makers share things about themselves - and learn about others - through a month long series of prompts and posts.
Participating has been a great distraction - and a way for me to think about what I want to do differently, and better - when I return to the studio.
For now, though, like pretty much everyone else I know, I am going to #stayhome. Except for those folks who are now in their 80s and 90s (and at extreme risk if they contract Covid-19) who lived through the Great Depression or World War II, none of us have ever experienced anything quite like this.
It's scary and it's stressful...and we really don't know how long it's going to go on. I've also been reminded of how many things I take for granted...
Being able to go to the grocery store...
here in Texas we have fabulous home grown grocer in HEB. They had been preparing for the possibility that folks would be told to stock up on non-perishable items, but even the laid plans were no match for the panic buying that took place last week. To their great credit, not only did HEB get things mostly back on the shelves and under control in a matter of days, they continue to be at the forefront of supporting communities in Texas in times of distress.
Being able to spend time with other people...
thank goodness for modern technology and social media. My husband is able to work from home, we are able to stay in touch with our friends and family, and although it is somewhat isolating, it would be so much worse if we could not communicate.
Being able to travel freely...
we were just starting to plan our summer vacation as the directives to close business and work from home began. I am still hopeful that we will be able to get together with all our kids for a week this summer, but for now - all that is on hold.
Being able to pay bills...
we are so fortunate. No one in our immediate family works in a job in the retail or service industry that has been shut down by this pandemic. But we have many, many friends who have scaled back their businesses, or had to close them completely for the time being. We are doing what we can to be supportive - but this is bigger than anyone can handle on their own.
I can't tell you yet whether or not I'll continue to post every two weeks...it honestly depends on how I'm feeling and if I think I have anything useful to say.
I am confident this won't go on indefinitely - but it could certainly be a while. As communities around the world work through this - together - I am grateful for the support of each person who reads my blog.
Until next time - be well.