We’re in this together. We stay home to protect those with underlying illnesses, to support the doctors, nurses, EMT’s, essential workers and our families. We are blessed to have our families near and far, our friends, neighbors, and the elderly. We are indeed Americans! Strong, resilient and capable of so much. This isn’t our first storm. We know without stormy weather we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the waves.

I have seen so much goodness these past few months. Children planting gardens with their parents, playing board games, building forts in their living rooms, making homemade ice cream, and doing their school work at the kitchen table. Homeschooling not a bad thing. Not at all in my eyes. Teachers giving lessons via the internet. Virtual meetings with parents. So many families have slowed down, and they’re sitting down together at the dinner table.

Why because of a horrific pandemic? Did we really need such a lesson? People dying. No one driving to work. New York City ~ shut down.

Restaurants closed. Hair and nail salons, barber shops, and so much more all closed. They’ll open for business soon. Life will go back to…What? Normalcy? I hope not. I pray we all slow down. Long enough to enjoy our homes and the life we are living.

Majestic Ten Mile River

Together we can and will get through this. Our ancestors did. Try to find the beauty in every day. Remember there’s less pollution in our air, decrease in greenhouse gases, not just in America, in China, Italy and the UK.

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Judy Prescott Marshall is an American Novelist, who enjoys writing about real women facing life's many challenges. A multi-award-winning writer. Judy earned her certificate Write Your First Novel from Michigan State University. She is an avid reader, gardener, and lover of outdoor activities. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and blogging!

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