Checking In

Carol A. Hand

This morning, I commented on a blogging friend’s post. It seemed important to share an edited version of what I wrote on my own blog. I have come down with something that feels like a cold or the flu, so I am staying home although I walk my dog periodically in my mostly deserted neighborhood.

March 19, 2020

I have no idea when or where I caught this illness. Fortunately, my symptoms are mild at the moment and I have the luxury of a part-time job teaching college students that is now completely online.

Each morning I awake grateful that I can still breathe deeply and do what I can remotely to reach out to others with kindness. My heart is heavy, though, for all of my students and for others who have lost homes, jobs and are seriously ill. I worry about my daughter, the last person I was with this weekend, and about my grandchildren.

I will do all I can to keep from spreading whatever illness I have to others.

Please don’t worry if you don’t hear from me right away. I have student papers to grade and online content to prepare.

I hope you are all well and as safe as one can be in these times.

Sending my best wishes to all. 💜


48 thoughts on “Checking In

  1. The old axiom “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” sounds a bit alarmist. but is undoubtedly wise to be kept in mind in times like this. May “the best” be in store for you, your daughter and grandchildren, dear Carol.

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  2. Thank you for sharing!.. hope all is well with you and your family, friends, etc, each and every day is filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

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  3. Hello, Carol. With all the current goings-on I suppose I’m guilty of becoming a little self-centred, ignoring what really matters in life – others. Thanks, your post reminded me of this.
    Best wishes to yourself, daughter and grandchildren. Take care.

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    1. Dear Ines, please forgive my belated reply. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness and concern. Honestly, I’m not sure what I had in March, although it came again for the next 3 months, always accompanied by difficulty breathing for at least a week, but it was never bad enough to seek medical treatment or testing. So I just stayed home and either exercised to force myself to breathe deeply or rested. I hope you are well and safe, too, despite these challenging times. 💜

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        1. I am so grateful to hear that you are doing well, Inese. It has been such a hard year already. I am eager to see the end of the US election circus, but worry about what will come after…

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