With Gratitude, We are Blessed

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With gratitude, we say thank you to the doctors and nurses for saving lives, offering words of encouragement, easing fears, being patient while sleep deprived, hungry and thirsty. We appreciate your love, compassion, commitment, and desire to help the human race while putting others before your own needs. All to save lives…we are blessed.

With gratitude, we say thank you to those disinfecting and cleaning all hours of the day to keep our loved ones healthy and to ensure our safety…we are blessed. 

With gratitude, we say thank you to the EMTs, Ambulance Corp, Fire Department, Police Force, and State Troopers for protecting our neighbors while putting their own life at risk yet tying our communities together during this tumultuous time…we are blessed. 

With gratitude, we say thank you to our teachers for continuing to support, educate, and nurture our children while also providing support to their own families. For quickly learning new technology and ways of teaching to give our children the structure, routine, and comfort they need while also showing them a different side to you and most importantly for your patience and flexibility…we are blessed.

With gratitude, we say thank you to our religious clergy for constant prayers, devotion, blessings, glimmers of hope, words of wisdom, words of comfort while mourning, and words of faith…we are blessed. 

With gratitude, we say thank you to the essential workers across the nation an enormous dose of thankfulness goes out to grocery stores and all those involved, for stocking the shelves and allowing communities to have food to satiate our basic need, and giving us a creative outlet with our children to teach the basic life skill of cooking and baking…we are blessed.

With gratitude, we say thank you to the sanitation workers who weekly pick up the overflowing trash that accumulates so rapidly with more family members home…we are blessed. 

With gratitude, we say thank you to our postal carriers who daily are working tirelessly delivering the mail and packages all with a smile…we are blessed.

With gratitude, we say thank you to friends and neighbors for kind words of encouragement, simple smiles, a wave while walking the neighborhood, for  Zoom cocktail hours, and for an outpouring of love… we are blessed. 

With gratitude, we say thank you to our loved ones for finding the joy in the simple things while navigating through this pandemic, laughing over board games while dreaming of being with friends, being patient when crankiness takes over, for embracing the togetherness and finding the positive of slowing down and regrouping as a whole…we are blessed.

With gratitude, we say thank you for staying home…we are blessed. 

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Ali lives in New York with her four teenage daughters and her husband. After moving around a bit as a child, she spent her teen years in Westchester county, moved to NYC for college and returned to Westchester fifteen years ago. Prior to having the girls, she was an English teacher, and on the side always enjoyed writing with the hope to one day publish a poetry book. In her free time, Ali enjoys going on long runs, browsing independent bookstores, catching up with friends. She is in a constant state of doing laundry, cooking, policing arguments, driving to and from activities, and trying her best to be the kind of mom her girls will admire, even on her worst days. Ali is excited to share with you the joys and hardships of motherhood with an open heart. You can follow Ali on Facebook at https:www.facebook.com/hangintheremama/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hang.in.there.mama