“Week Two of Social Distancing”

We’re on the second week of “social distancing.” How are you holding up?

Stay calm, stay safe and stay home. It’s time we do our part to save the world and the people in it!

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Social Distancing”

“Social distancing.”

This is the latest term that has surfaced from this nasty COVID-19 and I’ve attached a very good article about it below. Please take a moment to read it. It has some very important information for all of us.

I’m still not in a “panic mode” but here in the United States and in my state of New Jersey, the virus is running rampant. Fear never solves anything and certainly doesn’t help anyone to stay safe and healthy. My message to all of you is to stay calm, don’t panic, and stay as socially distant from other people, places and events as you can. This won’t cure the virus but is certainly one of the most effective ways of preventing it from spreading.

“Quarantined” can be as scary a word as “COVID-19” yet I’m asking you to slow down, take a breath, and listen to what the officials are telling you to do. It’s a time to simply stay home if at all possible. Schools are being shut down so the kids will be home for a few weeks, if not months. That means KEEP THEM HOME! The same goes for adults. Stay home if you can, keep your distance from crowds, public events, and any other activities which, at this time, are important to stay away from.

The sooner we contain this virus and prevent it from spreading, the sooner life will go back to the way it used to be. Until then, make the best of your time at home. Read a book, rent a movie, take a walk outside or just sit in your backyard in the sun. Catch up with your household chores and your “to-do” list. Spend time with your family that lives with you. After all, you still have your cell phones and for most of us, the internet, to keep in touch with others. 

Make this crazy, and hopefully “brief” time, an adventure. “This too shall pass” and until it does, make the best of it and don’t allow fear and anxiety to make things worse for yourself.

Stay calm. Stay informed. Stay home.

Practice “social distancing.”

It’s a good thing.

I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“And The World Came Together”

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

I can’t stress enough how important social distancing is. New Jersey closed all non-essential businesses yesterday and asked that everyone stay home. Colleges have closed for the duration of the semester and graduations are canceled. 

It’s an important time in our state, our country, and our world right now. We’re being asked to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.” In my opinion, it’s a matter of respect, compassion and love for our friends, families, communities, first responders, hospitals, doctors, nurses and all of those who are trying to keep us safe. We have to join together in the fight to stop this virus from spreading.

I’m trying to stay optimistic throughout this quarantine and find something positive in it. I’m doing what I’ve been told and am staying home. I go out on my front porch or in the backyard throughout the day, but I can honestly tell you that I haven’t left my house or been in my car in over 10 days.  

I want to be part of the solution to “flatten the curve,” and not part of the problem in spreading it.

Don’t you?

The truth is that the world is changing, yet I believe that in the end it will change for the better. I have to have faith that it will.

“And the world came together as the people stayed apart.”

What a beautiful sentiment.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home. 

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“On Hurricane Dorian”

I woke up a little before  4 am this morning with but one thought on my mind: the safety of those in the path of this dangerous Hurricane Dorian.

I have close family and friends in Florida and the Carolina’s and have been keeping in touch with them before the storm finds it way to the coast. Rob’s son traveled to Florida with the New Jersey Task Force 1 a few days ago to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe and help wherever they’re needed. 

This morning I ask you to join me as we keep all the people in the path of this storm in our thoughts and tight in our prayers. Let’s pray for their safety, the safety of  the animals and for the safety of all the first responders who have selflessly given their time to help everyone get through this storm.

We can make a difference, and we can make a difference together in many ways, both big and small.

Let’s keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers as this storm approaches.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“9/11 – Remember It All”

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Today is a day we always remember…we remember where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt at the moment that the first plane hit the tower. It was a rush of fear so strong through our country, and for those who had loved ones in the towers.

I remember that I was getting ready to take my fifth child, who was just two months old, to the pediatrician for a well visit. My other four babies had gone off to school. I turned on the news just as the second tower was hit. I think at first most of us weren’t sure what had happened or what was going on.

I drove up the Garden State Parkway, watching the trail of smoke in the sky. As I passed over the bridge in which I could see the NY skyline, I saw both towers on fire. I took my son for his check-up, and needless to say, it was somber in the office. My pediatricians’ son worked in the towers, and he hadn’t heard from him as of yet. In time I would learn that he was running late for work and was on the ferry when the planes hit. When I left the office, the towers had fallen. And my heart sunk, as I knew right then and there our country was under attack.

I was married at the time, and my husband was on a business trip in Washington state. He wouldn’t be flying home…he ended up renting a car and driving cross-country to get home to his family. He had just done work in the towers only the week before.

What I remember the most is the eery silence that followed that day, and for the days that followed. I remember my children coming home from school, asking a million questions, and me desperately trying to keep them away from the television. Yet I remember, even as young children, they needed to understand or do something. So, they gathered the other kids in our neighborhood and trekked to the corner, which was on a busy street. They stood with small flags and hand made signs of the USA, yelling to the cars to “honk your horn for the USA!” Such a small gesture, but one I’ll always remember.

The silence of no planes in the air was more deafening than a house filled with children; it was ghostly, scary, and unnerving, not knowing if there was more to come. I remember the smell in the air, even at the Jersey Shore…one you never forget.

Yes, it is a day to remember, to honor those lost, and the families living without them. It 9-11-neverforgetis a day to “never forget.”

Yet, while we’ll always remember the tragedy, we need to remember how a country joined together as one that day; how strangers consoled you; how neighbors were suddenly all huddled in the street together. We need to remember the feelings of togetherness that day, not just the feelings of the loss.

“Never forget the tragedy of 9/11, yet never forget the bond of a country, a neighborhood, a town, of strangers.”

Imagine if we all remembered that as well…

Wishing you peace today and always,

~Anne Dennish~

A makeshift peace sign of flowers lies on top John Lennon's "Strawberry Fields" memorial  in New York's Central Park,   Wednesday Dec. 7, 2005. The memorial is near the Dakota building where Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, lived with his wife Yoko Ono and son Sean when he was murdered outside the building.  Thursday is the 25th anniversary of his death.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)