A Child’s Perspective (COVID-19)

COVID-19 has affected the lives of millions of people across the globe, more so the families of those in healthcare. Kids are home, business are closed and each night healthcare workers come home exhausted and scared. They leave their shoes at the door, forgo hugs from kids and head directly to the shower to protect their own families from the current unseen and menacing danger. These moments and images will be imprinted in the minds of all of our families and loved ones for generations. There is nothing I can say or do to adequately express the pride, the gratitude and the love I have for everyone thrust into the front lines of this pandemic. I have reflected on this a great deal over the past few weeks, feeling frustrated and helpless in many ways.

This morning my wife sent me a picture that my youngest daughter painted for her online art class. My daughter was instructed to paint, with perspective, “a mural about important community figures.” This is what she painted.

All three of my children have spent numerous hours in nursing homes over the years, mingling with residents and befriending staff. As I look at this image, I can see through the eyes of a child a healthcare worker with a mask on to protect herself, smiling as she looks to serve the people in her facility. Even with the dark and gloomy outlook and uncertainty before us, there is a light brighter than any other caring for our loved ones. Thank you to each and every person that supports healthcare workers and those that put their own health and comfort aside in the pursuit of caring for others. Each of you are extraordinary examples of courage and commitment. You are an inspiration and a beacon of hope for future generations of healthcare workers. Thank you for being a Force For Good in protecting our families and loved ones, may you be blessed for all you do!

With all of the fear and misinformation out there, let’s all commit to “Sharing the Good” these talented healthcare workers do daily without complaint and without proper recognition for their sacrifices. We see you and we thank you!

Owen Hammond

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