Everyone is going through their own experience during COVID-19. Fortunately, I was able to leave NYC before the virus took hold of the entire town. While taking the dogs for a walk in a new environment, I saw a familiar-looking family who I immediately recognized as neighbors back in NY. I had never met them, but approached them to confirm that indeed, we lived two buildings away! We spoke for a bit and exchanged stories, knowing that perhaps we’d run into one another again in this small town. A week later, we crossed paths and spoke about our happenings and the management of the crisis, such as food shopping and having to wipe down every item with sanitizer before bringing it into the home. When I learned that they didn’t have masks and gloves, I offered to give them some as soon as my order arrived.
They graciously accepted, and we exchanged phone numbers.
Today, I coordinated with my neighbors to drop some gloves off, which I had picked up at the post office earlier in the day. When I began to count the pairs to give them, I questioned myself whether to give away very many as I might need them for myself. I decided to provide them with a sizable amount and thought it was better to share…I could figure out the future later! Well, they were thrilled and extremely grateful, so much so that they offered to make a mask for me when the fabric arrived.
Incredibly enough, tonight, I received a message from a friend to whom weeks ago I had mentioned needing gloves. She said that a box was on its way to me! Talk about the magic of sharing.