MOM KNEW BEST

If we took the advice our mothers gave us years ago we might not be in the predicament that we are in, or at least it might not be as bad. In this pandemic of COVID-19, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Our mothers taught us how to avoid these situations.

Before COVID-19, she taught us to wash our hands. I am sure you remember how she held you up to the sink as you played in the water with the bar soap, and she explained why you needed to wash your hands. When you played in the dirt she had you wash your hands, before you ate anything you washed your hands, you were learning to be potty trained and you washed your hands.

Then one day she added another element to the hand washing routine. You sneezed or coughed, and she told you to cover your mouth, and then told you to wash your hands. Hand washing had become ingrained in us.

In the age of hand sanitizer, we started to disinfect our hands almost hourly. If we touched a doorknob, shook hands and more we were disinfecting our hands. What happened? Somewhere along the road, we didn’t teach our children and grandchildren this valuable lesson of personal hygiene–washing our hands, and covering our mouths.

Our mothers would not let us go to school with a fever because they didn’t want us to infect anyone else, but now our children play games with people’s lives trying to see who will be the first person to get sick. Most of the time our mothers used their hands to take temperatures. If they felt that you had a fever, you couldn’t go out to play or visit your grandparents because the grandparents were older and might catch whatever you had. It was called common courtesy.

Our mothers taught us along with our teachers to read, write, have a good conversation so that boredom would not settle in and cripple us. We learned to eat what we had because we ate to live not live to eat. We played on the front porch, ran in the backyard with most games we made up ourselves. Our mothers taught us to use our imagination. They taught us to play alone and with others. They taught us to set the table for dinner (we called it supper), sit down and eat as a family, and have great conversations about almost anything.

We’re not saying that these things would have stopped the pandemic, but since the experts are telling us to do these things now, it probably would have helped. If we remembered what our mothers taught us we wouldn’t have to go grocery shopping daily so that our families could eat, we could make a meal out of almost anything, they did and we enjoyed them. If we had listened to our mothers we would know more about our children because we would take the time to talk, listen, and discuss while we sat down to dinner.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Let’s remember what our mothers taught us–wash our hands, cover our mouths, love your family, and make the best out of any situation. Be safe and wear a mask–if not for you then for others.

**Hand washing poster by Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Sheltering In Place Movie Watching

There are a lot of things that I have been doing since I have been sheltering in place. So far I am not bored yet. A lot of people are binge watching television, but for some reason I can’t binge watch. I have, however, found some things that have caught my attention on television. Here are three movies/documentaries that I found interesting and entertaining. Each of them is different than the others.

The first one is the beautiful movie–“Of Mind and Music”. It is literally about the mind and music. This story is about a doctor whose mother has died from complications of Alzheimer’s, and his struggle to get his life back together after her death. The location of the movie is New Orleans which should tell you about the music.

While taking time off to mourn the death of his mother he encounters two street musicians, one being a beautiful singer with a name just as beautiful as the songs she sings. She is known as Una Vida to some and Queenie to others. Una Vida has the voice of an angel as long as she is singing, but also has demons that rob her of her life when not singing. This is story of voices lost and found not only Una Vida’s, but those that know and love her.

You will enjoy the sights, culture, music and sense of loss in this beautiful movie. This movie will move you.

It’s something about seeing the place where music legends started from. Seeing the piano with the keys labeled, the bathroom where they went into record that special sound and so much more will bring a song to your heart. In Detroit it’s the sound of Motown. But if you can’t get there soon try looking at the documentary “Hitsville the Making of Motown (Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson).

The two legends talk about life before Motown and more. There are interviews with some of the music legends, and those who help to make them legends. Berry Gordy tells about his organizational plan for Motown which by the way was sheer genius. It’s nice just to see two friends whose friendship is a true friendship, and of course the music is timeless. There are things discussed that you already know, but there are tidbits that will amaze you. You will enjoy the information, and the big sing along.

“Faith, Hope and BBQ”, yep you read it correctly. This true story is about a small church, their faith, their hope and their barbeque. Throughout the movie they remind you that the church was built because of the selling of barbeque.

You will meet the man who cooks the barbeque who is also the pastor of this congregation. The story of the church that barbeque built in a small town is more about the love the congregation feels for their faith, family and community.

You will meet the members of the church who volunteer their cooking talents for the betterment of the church. The smoke from the pits will have you thinking you can actually smell and taste the meat. When one who works in the kitchen tells you she is famous for her collard greens, you will believe her.

This small, rural church and their love and faith are just a joy to see. They will have you saying Amen and pass the hot water cornbread, and the napkins.

These three things on television caught my attention and kept it throughout the films. Take a look, I don’t think you will be sorry. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and be safe.

Girl Talk #3

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Surviving Social Distancing

So we have been told to stay at home, and some of us are having a hard time while others have found new callings, and our new wardrobe. Why is it so hard for some of us to be alone when really in todays world we are never alone? You know with all the social media there is always someone there.

I actually don’t remember my first few days of social distancing since I was frantically converting my face-to-face classes to online classes. It had to be done, and done quickly. After working furiously and relentlessly it was time to rest. So my next few days of social distancing were spent in pajamas. It was time to catch up on rest (you can catch up).

My first days were spent going from the bed to my favorite chair(s). There was a lot of looking at magazines, trying to find something to watch on television–I can’t binge watch. It helped that it was raining all day and night.

I kept in touch with friends and family by calling, texting, social media and more. My kids and I could see each other over the phone/computer. So all in all it wasn’t that bad. My husband was still going to court for a few hours a day, and that helped.

When you can’t go anywhere it makes you want to go more, and it was beginning to happen to my friends and me. Then we all decided that there was things that we could do.

Here are some of the things that we did:

  • Got up and moved. There were those that could do an exercise program via the internet, social media, television and more. You can do a different one every day. I have found out that I have no rhythm–Latin Zumba and I do not see eye to eye. I did however keep moving. There are some people who took walks around the block or on the track. Some that finally used that stationary bike and other equipment that was collecting dust.
  • When the sun finally came out there was yard work to be done, mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, repotting plants and even planting flowers and that vegetable garden. I repotted plants, planted a vegetable garden, but then ran into a snake so no flowers were planted in the front flower boxes (and they may not get planted this season).
  • Many of us were a little bit more culinary inclined. Instead of preparing what we always prepared, we tried different things. We took out those gadgets, you know the Instant Pot, the airfryer, the electric skillet–we finally figured out what the convection button was on the oven.
  • Some of us even briefly went out. My sister and I went to the location of Hardie’s Fresh Foods truck, and got fruits and vegetables. They did social distancing. You never got out of the car–they bought everything to your car and loaded it.
  • We held our first Meet and Greet–Girl Talk via Zoom. Our next one is April 3 at 8 pm CST via Zoom. (Use the ID 843-171-852).
  • Deep cleaning your house is always an option. My shutters and blinds are getting deeped cleaned, and are now their original bright white.
  • Hopefully creative juices will start to flow like a river and not a slow moving one.
  • Read just for pleasure. I’m reading another Robert Parker book. It helps that I imagine Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone.
  • Prayers..no need to say anything else.

There are so many other things that people are doing and dealing with during this pandemic. Reach out to those that are truly alone, give them a call, send them a quick note. There are a large group of people who do not do social media. Remember “thisisyourbestyear“, please be safe.

Our next Zoom “Girl Talk” will be on Friday, April 3 at 8 PM CST. Please use the ID 843-171-852. See you soon.