I’m worried about my friends, I’m scared about the economy, I’m sad about the festivals and all the public events that are cancelled. But I am grateful for this time when we have all had to just be still. We are not a part of a very still society. The stillness has a gift in it. 

There’s something powerful about stopping and assessing. This whole crisis has been a beautiful reminder of how the community connections we have been building for decades really matter. They mean something. When people were fearful or alone or in food shortage or financial crisis their community came to the rescue and that’s because they knew each other, they cared about each other. There was a tie that  connected us. That is a lovely reminder of why we do all this stuff- all the fun stuff is important but it’s the bones of what is more fundamentally important and that’s that we are part of a group of people who have chosen to care about each other. 

Megan Henderson
Director of events and communications,
Near Southside Inc.

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