Jeweled anniversary moments in the midst of pandemics

Trolley with white tablecloth displaying our anniversary dinner

Our 45th Anniversary Dinner – courtesy of dining staff

OUR GRATITUDE TO THE DINING STAFF

Before the pandemic, gracious living was the touchstone of the University Retirement Community we moved to as our forever home.

When the staff called a few days ago for an unrelated matter, it occurred to me to ask is there was anything they could do for our 45th Anniversary, as we wouldn’t be able to celebrate otherwise.

And this was their lovely response yesterday.

Chicken teriyaki and a special dessert enhanced by notes wishing us well from several of our staff.

A shoutout to those working behind the scenes, even now

It is not easy to bring dinner every night to the 250 Independent Living apartments (and three meals a day to those in higher levels of care).

The last time this was done, a norovirus had invaded, and the lockdown resolved the matter in less than two weeks – complete isolation and a prompt response does that.

But this time they have been working harder and longer, and we have lost the lovely daily interactions with staff which are so rewarding – finding out about their schooling and families is part of here, and there is a scholarship fund and an employee appreciation fund we contribute to (tipping is not allowed) to make our thanks patent.

We miss them like crazy.

They are doing a tough job, and any time we interact (rarely and in masks now), it is a pleasure to have the younger people on staff around.

Management has a different job

Keeping us safe and fed and supplied and from going bananas those of us who need help.

Keeping our campus safe and only open to essential personnel.

Figuring out what to do in the immediate and long-term future.

I wouldn’t want to be them right now – it must be scary, knowing how so many vulnerable people who will live many more years if the virus doesn’t get in here are in their care.

Easy to criticize, impossible to replace.

Yes, they might do it better, but I don’t think it’s pure luck that we’re still functioning, though it might be luck that we haven’t had a scare yet.

But I don’t want to neglect the bright spots

The gardens.

The ability to go out onto the greenway.

Their determination to follow ALL requirements of the various governmental agencies – and do whatever more can be done.

And the little happinesses like ours, yesterday.

Thank you, URC and PRS. We notice and are grateful.

PS The cake was really good.


 

9 thoughts on “Jeweled anniversary moments in the midst of pandemics

  1. joey

    Oh how wonderful! Thoughtful! Happy Anniversary! I agree, the benefits of your current habitat are much more ideal than your previous one. Can you imagine?
    I can imagine the toll of not having those chats with staff. I will admit, when it comes to certain societal obligation, I’ve been glad to avoid it with good cause. A few people though, those whom one happens upon regularly, who bring light to a conversation, I really miss them. I miss those seemingly banal chats that are truly meaningful. I’m missing a great deal of laughter.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      We’re all tense. Simple things aren’t meant to be deadly.

      Today, on my way back from the trike ride, I stopped to talk to our new security guard, and she got a little too close! So I told her to back up! (The trike doesn’t go backward.) Then we had a nice chat, but there was a moment, because I don’t wear the mask when exercising, but I keep it on my name tag – twisted today because there was wind. So I couldn’t back up or cover my mouth. Tiny panic.

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