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03 April 2020

Safe...Not Stuck...At Home


When I hear people talk about being stuck at home, I am reminded that every single day, mothers, fathers, sisters, spouses, brothers, grandparents and friends get up, get dressed, and leave their homes to face the unimaginable. They willingly go to places they know endanger their lives. They wear special, protective equipment, and spend hours caring for sick and dying people. When they are through, they shed the protective equipment, sanitize every surface of their bodies, clothing, and vehicles before heading home for a few hours of rest before doing it all again. Once home, they must sterilize themselves and everything they are wearing. They do this to save lives. They do this to keep people they will never know safe and alive. They ask nothing in return, except that we stay home.

Do I miss going out to dinner? Yep. Do I wish we could go to Mass? Absolutely. Am I sad that my husband and family cannot go to the jobs they love so much? Of course. Do I miss seeing my mother? More than words can express. Do I miss life as we knew it only a few short weeks ago? Yes. I do. Yet, I try to think about those people who are fighting this horrible virus every single day. And I am thankful to do my small part. Staying safe...Not stuck...at home.



16 comments:

  1. Hi Billie Jo. I will just voice a hearty Amen to this entire post. Health care workers and first responders are the real heros now! Glad you are seeing the bright side and staying safe and well!

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  2. I totally agree with you! I am safe (and happy) at home. I don't consider myself "stuck" at all. My daughter (who is a librarian by profession) has been missing her job, especially her storytimes. So, she started an online storytime, and she is calling it "Safe at Home Storytime." Rather than "Stuck at Home," she felt "Safe" was a better, more appropriate word.

    Blessings to you!

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  3. You'll never hear me complain either. Stay well my friend.

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  4. Great perspective for the beginning of a great weekend!

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  5. Beautifully written, Billie Jo. X

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  6. That is a great attitude and we all need to adopt it. I would have such a hard time not seeing my mom. Bless you.

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  7. So true! Better safe than sorry. Stay well!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  8. Well said and I'm so glad you and your family are safe and well. We're enjoying some lovely family time on our side of the big puddle too. xx Susan

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  9. And I am thankful for grocery store employees who, though drastically underpaid, work with little protection so we can all eat. There are many heroes in this crisis.

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  10. So well written Billie Jo there have been so many heroes in this crisis. Take care.

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  11. Great perspective. I keep reminding myself that my job is to stay home. In the past I worked on disasters with New York's Office of Emergency Management, so even though I am retired for almost seven years, I still feel that's where I should be. But this is a different season of my life and I need to stay put. Grateful for a cozy house and more than enough food. Take care!

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  12. Yes, this is so true and well said, Billie Jo. When I think of all the workers out there giving their service and helping others, I am overflowed with gratitude. There are no words to express how truly special they are.

    ~Sheri

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Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo

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