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As the Easter weekend came to a close, I was touched at how many community members came together to help one another as a way to show how much they care. It’s impressive to see so many friends, family members, and neighbors pulling together, even when forced to stay apart. Without any real indication of what’s around the corner, residents have still been calibrating ,adjusting, giving, comforting and serving – basically rolling with the punches in very inventive ways!
The list of gestures was already robust when I asked for feedback to finish
my article about contending with the virus and the outpouring of support. However, I wanted to be thorough and almost immediately, the influx of responses started piling up. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed realizing we would probably need the whole newspaper to list and make a dent in describing all of the kindness circulating in Memphis. Considering space limitations each week, it became clear that we are in need of a weekly gratitude feature to make up for the slim community calendar that is usually so fat.
We especially need correspondents to help spot those good deeds and report them to the Democrat. Since our schedule may vary as we try to responsibly work from home certain days, email and Facebook posts are often your best bet.
As we long for more of our old normal to return, there’s a bit of fear about how much the social distancing lifestyle will continue to resemble our new normal as we move into the future. Don’t forget, about the community’s love for one another, it’s not going anywhere! It looks different than it did last spring, last month, last week, but it is alive and strong and I’ve never been more grateful for it!
Our teachers drove through the streets of Memphis and the back roads of the county because they missed their students and wanted them to know they were thinking about The church community has offered to help to assist in better managing finances on a tight budget with resources they are aware of so you can pay critical bills. So many neighbors have been delivering meals and designing masks and making gowns for the hospital. Hundreds of masks are being crafted each day in Memphis, as an effort to make the community safer and move forward quickly with the least amount of damage.
If you are able to contribute fabric squares, please contact the Democrat at 660-465-7016 and we will be pleased to direct you. As they say, “In tough times, it takes a village to raise our spirits.” Well, that’s not exactly what they say, but that’s what I’m witnessing. Thanks for all your hard work!