March 2020 SOLC–Day 31
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I saw it first on Facebook.
Ohio Man Uses His Company’s Bucket Truck to Visit Mom Quarantined on 3rd Floor of Nursing Home
You can read the article here, but the title really says it all. I didn’t read the article closely, but was touched by the lengths this man went to to connect with his mother during this time. I remember thinking how heart warming it was, and how it was a great example of how we’ve all been pushed to think creatively, to connect in new ways.
Then I got an e-mail from my cousin with the subject heading, “Julie and Charley– fabulous article in news.” It contained an article from a different newspaper with the same picture. It turns out that it was my cousin, Charley, who had gone to such lengths to visit his quarantined mom, my cousin, Julie.
This story doesn’t stand alone. Our days are filled with compelling stories right now. Even if some of them are ones we don’t want to dwell on, many are inspirational. I’ve been touched over and over again by the lengths so many individuals, groups, schools, and companies have gone to during this pandemic. People are thinking outside the box, pushing themselves to do more, to think more creatively, and above all, to connect with each other.
All of this reminded me of the slice challenge–this challenge that always pushes me to do more than I think I can, to reach deeply and write. To find a new idea. To capture the heart of a small moment. To show up and “do the job.”
Obviously, I’m not saying the SOLC is as difficult as facing a pandemic, but there are some parallels. It’s all about taking it day by day, making it through and doing so in the best fashion we can manage. It’s also about building a supportive community, leaning on each other, celebrating with each other, and commiserating as well.
We’re facing unprecedented challenges (Ugh…I’m sick of that phrase!) and it’s unsettling not to have a concrete time line or even a clear picture of where this is leading. But overall, I’m learning, as I do every year through the challenge, that we are capable of more than we think we are. It might not be pretty, and it might be dotted with moments of despair, but there are also moments that lift your heart and shine a light on what is the best in all of us. Those are the moments to focus on. Like Fred Rogers’ mother told him, “Look for the helpers.” And if those words aren’t enough, consider the ever-wise Winnie the Pooh’s.
Thank you to all Slicers for a month filled with sharing, grieving, celebrating, supporting, encouraging, and more. This year the challenge, more clearly than ever, transcended its boundaries. We may not have a bucket truck at hand, but going forward, we do have Tuesdays and this community. Let’s continue to connect.
Keep writing, my friends. Be well.
Thank YOU, Molly for a month of uplifting slices and and thoughtful insights. This image and those quote will lift me today and in the days to come. Stay safe. Be well. Keep telling your stories.
What a hopeful post. I love that the image that attracted you in the paper was actually your cousin. I love the way that you articulate the lessons we learn, the skills we build, from this practice become takeaways as we head into April and the rest of this new world. “It’s all about taking it day by day, making it through and doing so in the best fashion we can manage. It’s also about building a supportive community, leaning on each other, celebrating with each other, and commiserating as well.” Yes – this is so true. Keep writing, indeed – I will be looking for you here.
What a beautiful story to share and great connections.
Stories connect us. And you gave us the perfect example of how that works and tied it up with a quote from Winnie the Pooh! BRAVO!! Slicing is bit by bit work that helps us with perseverance, endurance AND connections! Continue on, Writing Warriors!
Thank you for sharing this story and so many other beautiful pieces of writing this month. I agree that for some of us the coronavirus “challenge” has brought out our best. I’m going to concentrate on those acts of kindness.
Oh this is such a great way to finish the month. Really cool cherry on top. I like the parallels drawn here and I love that story! Good luck with all of this and congrats on finishing the challenge!
I needed that Pooh quote today. Funny coincidence about your cousin. It is touching what people will do. Sometimes it’s maddening, too. We will get through this. Thanks for connecting through story. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and hope to keep reading, so keep writing.