With my three sons in the New York City area and my daughter close by in Connecticut, the 1,200 miles that separate us can feel like an impossible divide. Travel by road or air or train is not a possibility. I want to be with them, and yet I cannot. But isn't that true for you as well, irrespective of where your children might live? None of us can hug our loved ones as we have in the past.
It is almost as though the virus has changed our way of being family and in the process, we have discovered a much larger group of kin. It has opened our eyes to the caregivers around us - the nurses and doctors, the police and firefighters, the volunteers at the food line, and so many more. We see them a little differently now, for we realize that they are our lifeline, our extended family.
We watch the news and fight our tears and wonder if tomorrow will bring more of the same. It feels like we are caught in a loop that we cannot escape, but then we see it - life. Robins tugging on worms, squirrels darting to and fro, and eagles soaring high. Life - we notice it now and we want more.
Two days ago, my eldest son sent me a text that warmed my heart, and that is why I thought you might appreciate it as well. The story he relays is ours as well. Though the circumstances are different, each of us is discovering how to care for our extended family - in this new way of experiencing our life.
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Just wanted to share some of the work we've been doing to lend a hand to people on the front lines of the pandemic. To date Calexico has delivered well over a thousand free meals to hospitals throughout the city, and this morning we just formalized the program and opened it up for donations from the public. You can see more on our website: www.calexico.com.