Our country is facing an incredibly difficult time that no one has ever faced before. Anxiety and stress levels are sky high as Americans attempt to cope with staying home for weeks on end to fight an invisible enemy.
I can't help but think of my dear late father. When World War !! happened, he was a young man who had to complete basic training and deploy immediately. He was overseas for several years, with no access to phone calls, FaceTime, Zoom, Instagram, Snapchat, and email. Dad told me he lived for the letters he received, which were few and far between. He was a young man, separated from his family, afraid and uncertain of his future. I think all the veterans who served in wars had a much more dangerous and scary mission than we have in this current war, as we self-isolate and stay home. I am grateful for my father's and so many veterans' service, and I am also grateful for the electronics that keep me connected to my family and friends.
Those years in the army changed my dad, and I think these weeks in the house will change all of us. At this point, I am just not sure of how we will change, not yet. But I think families will become closer and work will become less important. I have to think about that question some more.
Best to all of you in self-quarantine. Stay safe, stay healthy.
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school. if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.
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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired!
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