Finding Hope in the Helpers

“When I was a boy and saw scary things in the news, my Mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’”

– Fred Rodgers

In light of everything going on in the world right now, I find this quote to ring a special kind of true.  I have seen medical workers on the front lines providing people with the care they need, postmen, fedex workers, amazon employees bringing people goods they need, and neighbors reaching out to neighbors providing help and relief in any way they can.  I have seen Facebook support groups arise with people sharing information and knowledge that is crucial to others. On a more global scale, I have seen people in social isolation. I have seen spring breaks canceled for the greater good of the community – to protect from the spread of this virus and those most vulnerable.  

Our family has been in social isolation for many days.  When we started this week, knowing we would not have our usual support group of people that we see everyday, I will admit I was nervous.  I thought I would feel empty and isolated. However, I have found the more time passes, I have had a chance to shift my priorities. I have been able to think of new ways to care for those around me; both in my immediate family and with students, neighbors and loved ones. 

One of the best things we have done as a family during this time is to bring more music into our home.  Brad and I have had time to play music together, to practice and play individually, and Calder has been much more involved in these times, as well!  During those times, the news and anxiety going on outside of our walls melts away and there is comfort and hope. The music of Bach, Bartok, Dvorak and many more are timeless.  

This virus will pass.  When it does, life will continue.  I’m not sure how different we will all feel, but I do know that as a body of people, supporting one another, we can come out on the other end stronger than before.  I am seeing so much beauty in humanity these days – I invite you to look for it too, and share what you’re finding with us!  

– Kirby