This has been a difficult month for me. A cousin died from cancer at the age of 52. The husband of a friend, also a friend, died in his sleep. Our household is waiting for a surgery date. Another friend suffered a stroke, which has left him mostly disabled. And we are entering the 3rd wave of Covid. Temple managed but one in-person service before restrictions were tightened on gatherings.
What can we learn from this? Connect with those you hold dear, by phone, Zoom or email. Let them know how much they mean to you. We have no guarantees there will be time to tell someone that we love them, to say how much we value their being part of our lives. If it is hard to say these things aloud, send a card… preferably home-made. Drop off baking or shop for a shut-in. Making the effort beats having regrets later.
The chorus of the song “Suffer No Fools”, written by my talented young cousin Jessee Havey, has been running through my mind…
Hold on to the ones who deserve you
Those who strengthen and cherish your heart To the selfish and cruel,
Bid ’em short, strong adieus
Make a promise to be true to all that you are.
Stay well. I hope to see you all soon.
— Ruth Livingston