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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 6 months since staff and students have stepped foot into a school building. When the schools started closing, I assumed it would close for 2 weeks for cleaning and then resume as normal. Now it's almost September and teachers anxiety is at an all time high. They are adapting to a new way of teaching. Students are confused and parents are torn between doing what is best for the safety of their child as well as what is best for their family. There are people who feel comfortable with going back and others who are scared of the unknown.

I am heartbroken that this is going to be my daughters Kindergarten experience. She is beyond excited to go to school and this 6 feet apart, masked world that we are living in is not what I want for her. But as I talk to her and prepare her for what to expect, I am amazed with how resilient children are. She doesn’t fight me to wear the mask. She is accepting that this is for our safety and she’s just excited to make new friends, ride the school bus and learn how to read. Sometimes the world is a much better place when looking through the eyes of a 5 year old.

As many are heading back to school, whether it's virtual or hybrid, just remember we are in this together. One day we’ll be able to look back on this crazy time and appreciate the little things we took for granted.



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This memorial day is different than most. Stores are closed, barbecues are cancelled and large celebrations are not allowed. Even though plans may have been cancelled, there is still an opportunity to take a moment to honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Maybe plant a flower, go for a walk with your child or sit outside and take in the peace and beauty around you. If it wasn’t for the men and women who selflessly sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we may not have enjoyed these simple, yet beautiful luxuries. Eddie, I’m remembering and honoring you not just today but every single day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have allowed me to live this beautiful life. A life where nothing is taken for granted and everything is greatly appreciated.



April 25th will always be a date that brings me joy and cause for celebration. Eddie would have been 35 today and I can picture him dancing around with his big, beautiful smile. He appreciated the little things in life and took nothing for granted. I wondered how he would handle this social distancing period and quickly knew what his quarantine life would look like. Eddie was selfless and always helping others. I imagine he would be the same during this time. He would be delivering groceries to the elderly and helping out anywhere he could. That’s just who he was. I’m sure he would also enjoy his Jack Daniels and have fun making hilarious Tick Tok videos. There would be moments of helping, laughter and probably eating most of the quarantine snacks. Today I would like you to raise your glass and take a moment to remember and celebrate a true, selfless hero. A man with a heart that was bursting with love and compassion. A man who lived life to the fullest in his short 25 years on this earth. His memory will live on forever. Happy birthday Eddie. Slainte!

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