This is a scary period. Before my time and way before your time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the country, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was talking about the Great Depression which sent millions of people out of work. Was FDR right?
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One of the toughest things about our current situation is that we are out of our routine of seeing our friends many times every day. That isolation can lead to loneliness or hopelessness. As the Reverend Valerie Austin writes in her poem, “The Cover of Night." “Under the cover of night I write, Alone; wrestling in shadows and through the darkness; tripping over many unseen messes; Confused, disoriented, and tempted to feel hopeless.” But there is a strategy to counteract this loneliness.
These are confusing times. Normally, when we have an unexpected day off from school, we can hardly wait to celebrate. As a teacher, I remember waiting for the phone to ring at 4:30 in the morning announcing a snow-day. But, this is different.