As I look out my window I see people walking by singly or in pairs. I recognize more and more
because I have been meeting these neighbors on my daily walks. Faces now have names and addresses. I have come to appreciate the waves and smiles. We comment on the weather and joke about altering our usual routes.
During these challenging times I am reminded of the difference between wants and needs. I may want chunky peanut butter but what I need is food. I may want to see my family and friends but what I need is to know they are safe and well. I am grateful that my needs are met. I appreciate the little things and I realize how much I may have taken for granted.
I have come to appreciate the creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity within our community. I have witnessed amazing chalk artwork on the parking lot, scavenger hunts for Easter decorations, the Easter Bunny greeting each child at his/her driveway via a fire truck, birthday, graduation and teacher appreciation parades, zoom support groups and Mass via the parish website. Our church is a mere building and may be empty now. The Church is our community of wonderful individuals full of faith.