This Helen Keller quote is one of my favorites of all time. It is especially appropriate in these trying times, when we are all forced by Covid-19 to be physically separated and left to our own devices in coping with the new world. Other than family living with us, the clerk at the grocery store, the pharmacist, and health care workers, we pretty much don't see anyone in person anymore. And even then, it's behind a mask.
These times can be especially trying for parents and families in the deafblind community. Our families live with tremendous stress even in the best of times. In reviewing previous Shout-Outs over the last several years, I found at least four that deal with the difficulties our families face in normal times:
December 2019 - Resiliency and self-care
May 2019 - The dread of waiting for the other shoe to drop, but remembering that you are not alone! Reach out!
August 2019 - Remembering Brittany - surviving with the support of the PPDB community, friends and family
May 2018 - "Whose gonna care for those who care for the ones who went to war?"
(You can find these and other informative shout-outs on the PPDB website: www.papdb.org Click on "More..." to find them.)
And now, we're dealing with the isolation imposed by Covid-19, which has immeasurably added to our stress levels.
So, THE REAL REASON I am writing is to remind you that there is a Zoom Meeting, scheduled for April 30 at 8:00 pm, for the specific purpose of supporting our parents and caregivers in this time of tribulation. Please refer to Lisa Lopatofsky's April 14 notice on this listserve. The notice and its attachment provide the details. It's an opportunity for an informal chat to share some celebrations and challenges you are facing, and to get help from other parents and caregivers. We hope you can join this meeting. RSVP to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27.
Don't be alone. Be together with us. We can get 'er done.
Thanks and hope to see you on Zoom soon.