How is everyone doing? I'm sure cabin fever is setting in especially with the nice weather starting to make an appearance.
I have been keeping busy with sewing masks and surgical caps for frontline workers, plus holding virtual classes with students as well as my grandkids! Of course there is the cooking and sharing videos on YouTube for sewing and instructions on simple meals.
As awful as this virus is and as hard as the isolation is, it might be a blessing in disguise giving families time to re-introduce themselves to each other. It has given parents a chance to introduce children to the kitchen, household chores, teach them responsibility and patience. I only hope these lessons will not be lost once we go back to "normal" whatever that is....
The hardest hit are the elderly in Long Term Care homes, my heart breaks for them and the families who worry, I know first hand how hard it is with my mom in a home. The staff are amazing and working under impossible conditions, the management is pleading for warm bodies to work, no experience necessary, just a willingness to help.
This is truly a sad, sad situation my wish is that the powers that be will learn that they can't ignore the cries for help from these establishments. There should be no more part time workers only full time, well paid staff with manageable hours. ALL homes should be scrutinized and inspected by mystery inspectors, much like mystery shoppers do in retail, to get a real look at them not be ushered in by appointment only.
These homes should not be money makers for the owners, rather an oasis of wellness for the most vulnerable who have worked their whole lives and only ask to be treated with respect in their twilight years. Each meal should be treated with the reverence of a last meal, as it may very well be for someone's mother/father/uncle/aunt/grandparent. They deserve, rather earned, that right don't you think?!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"