Thankful Thursday 26 March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing the death of one our longtime friends, Mary. Mary and her sisters live next door to where Nan used to live and that’s why they are our longtime friends. The three sisters were unmarried; Joan died in 2013 (6 months after Nan died), so it was just Mary and Flo. Now it’s just Flo and I feel for her. After this quarantine is over, I’m going to spend more time with her.

I’m thankful for all the times spent with Mary. Mary was a nurse for 35 years and when I was a young teenager, she helped me with period issues. I’ll spare the one story, but I am grateful for the help. I’m grateful for all the times she took me to the movies when I was a little girl, and never forgetting my birthday or other special occasions. I’m glad I visited last month and spent one last time with her. I wanted to visit her a few weeks ago, but with the outbreak of COVID-19, I was too afraid. Dad called and they both said they were afraid too. However, I am grateful for all the times I spent with her.

This was from Aunt Millie’s going away party, 14 years ago today. Aunt Millie was moving to Denver to be with her daughter. Mary is the one in pink.

Today Wraith turned 10 months. I can’t believe that in two months, Wraith will turn the big 1. I think I might get a small cake and celebrate the one year anniversary of joining the inked club. I’m thankful he is healed (and I’m thankful that tattoo #2 is healed) – both healed smoothly. I’m grateful that today was a gorgeous day.

This week I am thankful for my friends and family. We’ve been getting each other through this by checking in on each other every day. I’m thankful that my parents and I have grown closer. We’ve been enjoying cooking and family meals together, as well as many laughs. It’s nice sitting with dad at lunch since I am working from home. I am going to cherish this time.

I’m also thankful for Jewish groups who are reaching out to our community, especially since Passover is approaching. I’m thankful for all the religious groups that are helping out everyone. Even the non-religious groups; it’s nice to see the kindness flowing through everyone.

I’m also thankful that spring has sprung and I can take photos of the gorgeous scenery.


Also, someone agreed to a COVID-19 safe selfie with me on Wednesday.


What are you grateful for?

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One thought on “Thankful Thursday 26 March 2020”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Thanks for paying tribute to Mary, your recently departed family friend, and for telling us what she meant to you. What a blessing it was for you to have had Mary in your life. Mrs. Shady is in the healthcare profession and I admire Mary for serving 35 years as a nurse – a challenging career that too few are willing to enter in recent years. You and Mary spent quality time together. She offered guidance and encouragement when you needed it most. I pray that Flo will be able to adjust and carry on without her sister.

    I am very happy to learn that the mandatory quarantine has brought you and your parents closer. The meals you guys are enjoying together look delicious. I am also happy to know that both of your tats are properly healed. It will be fun for you to celebrate ink day – the one year anniversary of getting Wraith.

    Yessum, various groups are lending a helping hand during this crisis. It’s a side of human nature I like to see. We all need to continue to be kind and helpful to one another when the crisis has passed.

    Happy TT to you, dear friend JM!


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