Hi, Kids and All Readers,
We are living in extraordinary times. Sheltering at home, socially distancing, trying to stay healthy, and looking for a silver lining in the dark cloud of this Pandemic.
Yes, that’s what I said–a silver lining. In other words, focusing on the positives! For example, now’s the time to learn what you can and cannot control, like walkers coming up on you from behind when you are trying to keep a six-foot distance. You can really only control your movements, not theirs. On a brighter note, maybe you now have time to read that book you’ve been meaning to get to, or try a new recipe and stir up some kitchen fun with your family members. Perhaps you’ve learned some new uses for technology to stay virtually connected to family and friends you haven’t been in touch with for ages. How about a Virtual Tea Party?
Tough times can bring out the best in us if we are ready, willing, and able to accept the challenge. Such times as these tend to shine a bright spotlight on the heroes among us. And each one of us can be a hero right now. You see it on social media and in the news all the time these days–people doing good deeds without expecting anything back. But they do get something back–a great feeling knowing that they helped. That’s called altruism. See, kids? Perhaps you just learned a new word! But seriously, how about writing and illustrating some thank-you notes to doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel? Then, mail them to your local hospital. Or to people working all night to keep the grocery store shelves stocked? Or to veterinarians, pet store workers, animal shelter folks, and zookeepers who are still on the job caring for the animals? Or to firefighters and law enforcement officers who must stay on the job in case of emergencies? Or closer to home, how about writing a supportive message in chalk on the sidewalk or driveway of an elderly neighbor’s home? Why not gather your friends virtually and come up with a big list? Then, divide it up and act on it.
I imagine if our Botanic Hill detective heroes were really living through these tough times, they would be showing extra kindness, patience, and generosity. For instance, perhaps Lexi and Lanny would deliver some groceries to Mrs. Thornsley’s front porch. Moki might take her a fresh pineapple from his garden and a container of his immune-boosting muffin pan omelets. And for sure Rani would deliver a bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese and also a bouquet of flowers.
So get a clue, Kids and Other Readers. Remember the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” And we’ve certainly got a huge crop of lemons right now. So look for ways that you, too, can safely be a hero–a lemonade hero! There are probably lots of people nearby who could use some of your sweet help.