What do you do in a crisis?

#coronavirus #toiletpapermadness

Ok, we have been in the throes of a bit of panic for a few days. Grocery stores in Phoenix are completely insane. BUT, there are touches of love and kindness all around. I know, I am a BIT of a Pollyanna. I do insist on trying to look at the bright side. I have to admit, that has been difficult for me this week. I know God will see us through. I know that if we take precautions with our health, many of us will fare well. Some will not. That is not the point of my post. Here is the point. There are people, and I KNOW there will be more, who are already reaching out. Here is an example. When schools are closed, children who receive lunch and/or breakfast for free (or at a reduced cost) do not get those meals. In the past few days, various facebook friends of mine have already reached out. The gist of their posts telling people that “anyone who is going to be affected by school closures by loss of meals, contact them. They are putting together boxes of staples like canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, etc”. Almost instantly, friends of those friends hopped on and said they want to contribute, or they are heading to the store, what should they pick up, etc.

Now, when people come together, they lift each other up. Then hope begins to glimmer. When hope glimmers, there is light. When there is light, fear decreases. So, I have my thinking cap on to figure out what I can do. Let’s tip the scales. What can we each do to light the world in this time of social distancing?  Think about that.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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33 Responses to What do you do in a crisis?

  1. Katharine says:

    I’m thinking that many people who rely on the schools for free babysitting will have to stay home from their outside jobs, to do their at-home jobs they’ve been neglecting. Depending upon what the schools are doing (ours will be continuing classes online, with closures being decided individually) these people will forfeit their meager wages (which would be made even lower by hiring childcare) to stay home with their children.
    I’m not sure what they will do!
    Our local schools are still open, though, so we shall see what becomes of it. In the meantime, I have a few rolls of TP that are in excess for us, since I by it by the best-price, so have a bit too much at times, until we use it up. So if anyone is in desperate need… 😉

    • Gwen07 says:

      “I’m thinking that many people who rely on the schools for free babysitting will have to stay home from their outside jobs, to do their at-home jobs they’ve been neglecting.” Katherine, Do you really believe parents only use schools to babysit? Your callous, misinformed judgement of woking parents everywhere does nothing to help the situation. If you can’t be kind at least be silent.

      • Katharine says:

        I mentioned the many who do this; I did not say this is the only reason. When my child was in public school, I, myself, did not work outside the home. I was not referring to those who are not following the practice of using the public schools for free babysitting, but only those who do. There are probably many, many reasons to choose pubic schooling.

        • Gwen07 says:

          “Probably many reasons to choose pubic[sic}* schooling”– One reason would be that when one needs to get on her high horse and feel superior to working mothers one would have the wit to edit her words. You appear quite needy of approbation of your own choices.

          Just quit judging – anyone — it is not your place. Take care of your own garden and if you can’t say anything positive about others and the choices they have to make to live in this culture then — please – be silent.

          *I too am guilty of typing so fast that I leave out letters and miss correcting as I edit. But – Katherine, when you cast aspersions on those who use the public school system you really need to be perfect. “Public” and “pubic” are two different things entirely.

          • Kate Kresse says:

            Gwen, I realize that you think she is judging. As an incredible educator and advocate for students in general, you have been in the trenches and are amazing. I know for a fact that you have been a life-changing inspirational professor for countless students.
            However, Katharine has been a huge friend and guide to moms who want to homeschool for various reasons and hesitate because they feel they can’t do right by their kids. She helps them find the way that best suits their kids. Inspiring yes. Judgmental, no.

        • Kate Kresse says:

          Absolutely true. What you didn’t mention is that you are a HUGE advocate for education and a great resource for anyone searching for guidance in education in general and homeschooling specifically.

          • Katharine says:

            Kate, I’m just 70, that’s all–nothing fancy. It’s been 55 years since I had typing class and that learning is beginning to fade. I am, obviously, not perfect. As none of us are. I apologize for missing a letter as I typed above, and of course, spell check did not catch it. As an editor, I have to say it is particularly embarrassing to see the old adage is true, still: You can catch anyone’s mistake but your own. As a friend, it is a grief-giving mistake on your sweet blogsite. I’m sorry.

      • Kate Kresse says:

        Gwen, around here, many of the schools provide low or no cost child care before and after school via their homework programs. Thus the kids are covered 7am to 6pm at little cost to the parents. Obviously, it isn’t the only reason parents send kids to school. However, I do know that many parents prefer full day kindergarten for a few reasons. Of course, a full day of learning is one of the reasons. But also, having their children at a safe place all days does enable the parents to work full time without a huge daycare bill.

        • Gwen07 says:

          Kate, I understand Katherine is a friend of yours and I apologize for using your page to snipe at what I perceived as Katherine’s judgemental tone.

          The travesty we find ourselves in today has far more dire implications on our civilization as a whole. My energies are better used in the service of need – Thanks for the example.

          • Kate Kresse says:

            Dearest Gwen, you and I have traveled similar roads. I understand your motivation for your initial comment. I know your deep and abiding love for people, ethics, knowledge, and more. Despite the snipe, there is so much you both have in common. I hope you are doing well today. Xo

    • sarsm says:

      I, for one, can tell you that I am delighted to have my daughter home with me. She is a ray of sunshine in a bleak hour. And I am in awe of our teachers and our schools, who have done incredible work to continue to teach my daughter online. Not only is there plenty of it (so much so, my daughter has less time to spend with me than I’d hoped), it’s interesting and enticing.
      School is something to valued and respected by pupils and parents alike.

      • Gwen07 says:

        Enjoy your daughter. I have been an educator for over 25 years now and I can understand why two income households are necessary. I too loved those snow/ice days home with my own son …. He’s 32 now …. so you enjoy and stay safe and well.

      • Kate Kresse says:

        I can just picture you there, enjoying this precious time with your daughter. I find it to be an amazing time when I can watch people learn. It is magical.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      i do know people who were able to return to the full time workforce working outside jobs once their children were of school age. Some were making meager wages, others making much more. It is going to be difficult all around, as many of them are now out of work, not just working from home. Others who still have jobs cannot work from home and their kids need someone home. Many schools here have very low cost after school programs. This has enabled parents to work a full day outside the home. Now those programs are gone, since all the schools are closed.

  2. Gwen07 says:

    The beauty of kindness and decency. Thanks for sharing. I’m in the Florida Keys now — I bought a couple bottles of nice wine and the remaining 2 rolls of single-ply bathroom tissue at the local Win-Dixie. I figure if we’re invaded by a horde of Huns with amoebic dysentery — after the wine, the single-ply won’t matter. Stay safe, stay well.

  3. auntyuta says:

    “Now, when people come together, they lift each other up.”
    Yes, there is a great need for this!!

  4. sarsm says:

    I have discovered in a crisis that I cook. I guess that’s my thing. This crisis is really difficult because I’m unfortunately in the at risk category. As is my daughter and my husband. So our priority is trying to keep the virus out and not to add to the burden on the health service. It’s hard to know what to do when you have to stay in. I asked my friend, who’s a local GP, if there’s something I could do in the background, without physically being in contact with people. So far, nothing has come up. So I’m just trying to stay in contact with people. Especially those who may be feeling lonely or scared.
    Stay safe Kate.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      you take extra good care of you and your family. i will be praying for your health and safety. If you are looking for ways to help, you could write cheery letters to shut-ins or organize volunteers who are willing to bring meals or supplies to someone…

  5. sarsm says:

    Thank you! She’s my little star. Yesterday, unbeknown to me, wrote to her Maths teacher and told her that she’s so excited when she receives a task. She also thanked the teacher for sending them to her. Then right at the end she said, “but I still like school a bit better”. Brought a little tear to my eye.

  6. Kate Kresse says:

    it is a sweet time and the years fly so quickly

  7. Katharine says:

    Ha. Kate, you wanna know what’s funny? I’m slowly cracking up here… You’ll never guess… 😀

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