Happy to be back today. Like with many of you, the past few weeks have brought sleepless nights, alternating periods of sadness and joy, and many adjustments as we’ve learned how to do things differently.

Last week my daughter stopped by to drop off some groceries. It was a beautiful day so we all sat in the backyard at a safe distance from each other, except for the dogs who all wanted to be on our laps. But there were no hugs, no sharing space in the kitchen, no excitement about plans for summer travel adventures. The new normal. Yet, there was positive conversation about gardening, birds, alternate summer plans for community service, and new ways to connect. There was hope, and love, and gratitude. There was joy.

I’m not sure where I first saw the list of daily questions to ask yourself during this time of social distancing, probably Twitter or maybe Facebook, but it sits by my computer as a daily reminder for me to think about what I am grateful for, who I am connecting with, what expectation of normal I am letting go, how I am getting outside, how I am moving my body, and what beauty I am creating or inviting in.

Last night I participated in a Twitter chat about the power of poetry to soothe souls during trying times (#NYEDChat), so I’ll leave you with some words from Emily Dickinson:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

Take care and stay safe.

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17 Responses to Hope

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    Nice to see you back, Rose. Yes, hope is the thing that keeps us going. I am a hugger, and it’s so hard to Facetime and Zoom and stand six feet apart from your loved ones. I miss my kids and grandkids, but it’s giving me time to write them notes (and support the Post Office). Virtual hugs are better than none, and they give me hope. Be well.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    I saw that list of questions way back at the beginning of all this and meant to write a poem from it. Thanks for the reminder. Safe distance is a new term for us these days. I am keeping a safe distance from my daughter, but I’ve given up with her baby. He’s just too cute not to hold and kiss. Wishing you more and more ways to find joy.

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  3. Rose, you describe your new normal interaction so well. No hugs but still conversation and joy! I appreciate you adding the poem at the end. Poetry always gives me joy. Seeing your name took me back to that magical weekend in Baltimore for NCTE and the lovely dinner we enjoyed together. I hope this new normal is solved soon so you can get back to seeing in person your grandkids. Until then, I am glad we are both finding joy in this space.

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  4. Joanne Toft says:

    Thanks for your words of hope and the poem! A nice thought for today!

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  5. arjeha says:

    Hope is the one thing we all need to cling onto, Rose. Positive conversations are important for our mental well being. For as much as we, read as me, sometimes complain about how technology is taking over our lives, right now it is a godsend in helping us stay connected with friends and famiy. Stay safe.

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  6. Rita K. says:

    You’re slice so clearly capture the emotions many of us are feeling. Missing personal contact and at the same time trying to stay positive and hopeful can be challenging. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of one of my favorite poems.

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  7. Anita Ferreri says:

    You describe the new-normal perfectly, even if it is sad to read. I too have found this all hard and sad and sleep challenging sometimes mixed with feelings of, “why have I been spared?” Social distancing is hard for all of us, but nearly impossible for preschool grandchildren!

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    • rosecappelli says:

      Thanks, Anita. I have that question “why have I been spared,” too. There are so many affected, but it has not yet hit me in a personal way. I wonder if it eventually will?


  8. I spent some time looking back on last night’s chat. Looks like I missed a good one. (I did so much better showing up at Twitter Chats before Ari was born!) Glad you got a chance to connect with poetry friends last night.

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  9. Thank you. You’ve given me hope tonight. In an uncertain world, it is the one thing we can count on, only if we let it be there for us! Take care!

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  10. Ruth Ayres says:

    Rose, you’re writing! I think about you often, hoping you are stacking words & corralling a whimsical children’s story. Your line: “There was joy.” A powerful three-word craft move after those other long sentences. I’m so glad I stumbled across your words.
    Shine on, Ruth

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    • rosecappelli says:

      So wonderful to hear from you, Ruth, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, I’m still writing but more immersed in creating children’s books than ever! Maybe some day …
      Love the new pic by the way!


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