What have you learned from the pandemic? I would love to hear your stories… Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and story. I would like to start working on and feature a section with all of your stories, and a place for discussion. A sort of support group and system for everyone struggling during these times. The world needs to hear your story.
I can tell you what I have learned.
1.) Your family is now important now more than ever.
Right before the shut down, my Grandfather passed away. He had had pneumonia which would come and go and a high fever right before he died. We are assuming he had covid, because all of us got really sick after his passing, a day or so after the funeral. Unfortunately we will never know, but I am thankful we all got a good day before he passed away. This brings me back to the power of prayer. I prayed the Novena of Divine Mercy with my Son Noah, on on the last day we were given a wonderful day with my Grandfather who had dementia. He remembered us all and we had a wonderful day with him. The power of prayer works.
2.) The Power of Prayer
Thanksgiving Prayer Answered
In November, people were getting sick. My sons Asthma which is usually well controlled, he was really struggling with. He wound up in the hospital a few days before Thanksgiving. Between coughs he was praying the Lords Prayer and asking for the coughing to stop. The coughing did stop and on Thanksgiving he was able to come home. A Thanksgiving Prayer answered.
A Tornado during the Pandemic
During lock down, my Husband and I made the decision to have our Son and I go up to my parents house because we were not sure how bad this was going to be, and with Noah and his Asthma we did not want him to get this. So we made the decision to stay with my parents until we knew more about Covid-19. I was up praying while everyone else was sleeping. Thankfully the weather was cool so the windows were opened. We had a thunderstorm and all of the sudden there was a lull in the storm. Then I heard a noise like a freight train. It was so loud it was deafening. I looked out across the field from the window and could see a tornado coming across it. I got Noah out of bed and shouted across the hall to my Mom. Noah was still not waking up so I picked him up and ran down the stairs with him. He looked out the window and asked what the noise was and what was the “smoke,” he saw across the window. My dad head the sound when I came downstairs (he had fallen asleep in his chair) and knew what it was. My Mom still was not up so he ran to get my Mom out of bed. We ran downstairs to the basement. We prayed the Lords Prayer and a Hail Mary. Thankfully the tornado missed the house.
3.) Check on your Friends.
People are not ok. You’re friends may not be ok. Please check on them. We are social creatures. Yes speech is part of communication but you use your face and mouth as well to communicate. It’s difficult to be social while wearing masks. Socially distancing is hard for people that are people persons. Honestly, it’s not “social” at all. Please be kind. You never know what other people are going through. I have lost some friends because of this, and have suffered myself.
4.) Spending more time with my Son.
I have had an amazing opportunity to spend more time with my Son. I also have seen how much work teachers put into helping their students and I have found I also love to help teach as well. I have learned my child is a visual learner and has some math brains. (He didn’t get that from me because I’m no good at Math.) Virtual learning is hard, but I have also learned more about technology because of the pandemic as well.
Last but not least…
I have had the opportunity to spend more time with my family. Because when we are not promised tomorrow that I feel is the most important thing. Do what you love with who you love.