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Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.  -  Robert H. Schuller

WELCOMING APRIL SHOWERS

STICKY REUNION SITUATION

Getting Younger Children Involved in the Planning

Rescheduling or cancelling a family reunion is something most families never want to do. However today, and the uncertainty of when our lives will get back to normal makes it something to consider—especially if your reunion is this year.
 
If you’re just having a cook-out in the backyard or nearby park, there’s not much to do but wait the current situation out until we get the all clear. But if your reunion entails traveling out-of-state, room rentals, and sizeable down payments, you may want to contact the venues you’ve booked, and set-up a teleconference with the planning committee to discuss and  make a decision that best fits your family’s situation and needs.
 
While you’re meeting, consider a virtual reunion or virtual activities family members can do to help keep you all  in touch.

by Sylvia Ford-George


Spring is supposed to be a time of refreshing. We exchange bulky coats, hats and gloves for raincoats and jackets; shovels for lawnmowers; snowmen for grills; and walking paths of snow and ice for concrete and grass. Spring is usually time to finalize details related to upcoming family reunions, readying Easter bonnets for modeling, and making arrangements for proms, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, sun and fun.
 
In Spring we welcome April showers, grab hold of our umbrellas, and appreciate how rain drops clear the air of pollutants. This Spring however will be an exception as we continue to face the affects of Coronavirus/Covid-19. And as this unprecedented situation lingers on and statistics grow more daunting from day-to-day, we find ourselves further committed to being and working together—not only to protect the health and well-being of our families, but to invest in the future of one another and our reunions.
 
As stay-at-home regulations continue and we’re sharing time and space, let’s look for ways to enjoy rather than regret. Let’s get back to communicating. Let’s check to see how family members are coping. Let’s discuss concerns and calm each others fears. Let’s get back to eating meals together, putting puzzles together, playing card games, board games, checkers and chess, etc. Let’s make fun out of Spring cleaning, starting a garden, tackling the “Honey-Do” list, etc. Let’s find time to share laughs and make memories. Let's settle for peace over panic, faith over fear and wisdom over worry.
 
Let’s continue to call one another—especially elders and those who are home alone. Let’s continue to think of ways to make our reunions better, and research our family history. Let’s continue with our children’s education, challenging them to learn something new every day. (And let’s join that challenge). Let’s stop listening to the news 24/7 and take cooking and dance lessons from YouTube instead. And let’s all be safe. Let’s keep physically distancing ourselves from others, frequently washing our hands, drinking water, etc. Let’s find something to smile about each day.
 
Here’s wishing you and your family a safe and healthy April.  Keep the faith and stay safe.
 
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PLANNING A FAMILY REUNION?

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KEEPING UP WITH DR. VARGUS

Congratulations to Dr. Vargus, one of the fierce women leaders featured in They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia's Black Women Leaders, a new book in which she is featured in Chapter 3: Education–The Road to Racial Uplift.
 
They Carried Us, written by Allener M. Baker-Rogers and Fasaha M. Traylor, showcases some of Philadelphia’s fiercest black women leaders. They range from the first black woman known to be born in Philadelphia (1694)—who ran a ferry business during colonial times—to the woman whose childhood experiences led her to become a surgeon and medical advisor to celebrities. All of the women “bring it” as activists—in community and movement work, business and civic institutions, education, churches, medicine, government, journalism, sports and the arts.

THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, hospital workers, EMTs, military personnel, custodians, security workers, all those keeping food and supplies on shelves and needed services open including truck drivers, public transit drivers, cooks, cable workers, social workers, scientists, etc.—and their families. We appreciate the sacrifices you make for all of us during this Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen. 

-  Anne Lamott"

APRIL 2020

ARCHIVES

During this crisis, our grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, transit and utility workers—along with so many others—have been selflessly getting up every day to make sure we have the things we need. And for that, we say thank you. -  Barack Obama

FAMILY TIME

April Showers bring May flowers and loads of hand-picked April observances to get you celebrating, exploring and enjoying great family time this Spring including Passover, Easter, Ellis Island Family History Day, Couple Appreciation Month, Husband Appreciation Day, Kiss Your Mate Day, Siblings Day, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Teach Children to Save Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Encourage a Young Writer Day, Every Kid Healthy Week, Celebrate Diversity Month, Environmental Education Week, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, Humor Month, Money Smart Week, and Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

WORTH REPEATING...

REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH

We have a lot of younger children (5-10 years old) in our family who want to be more involved in the planning of the reunion. What planning activities do you suggest would be appropriate for their age group?

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