The news is not all bad. I mean, I don’t recommend watching it, ever, because each new day brings a new dimension to the COVID-19 equation. But there are some good news stories out there, and you must consume them because the sweetness is what can carry you for a few minutes. The latest story is how some kids tried to cheer up their isolated elderly neighbor.
In Columbus, a 78-year-old woman named Helena Schlam was worried about contracting COVID-19. Social distancing is the buzzword of 2020 and Helen is one of many who are on their own while doing so.
Her neighbors wanted to make sure she had everything she needed. And while she didn’t need groceries, the family did know she liked classical music, so they decided to get creative with their help. Her two neighbors, Taran, 9 and his sister Calliope, 6, decided to put on a classical music concert on the woman’s porch. The kids played their cellos while respecting the proper social distancing rules.
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“It was one of those moments where you feel like you’re a part of something incredible,” the kids’ mom told CNN. “It was also a good way to remember the value of connection, especially at a time like this when everyone feels disconnected. Just to know we were a part of something so sweet, even just for a minute, meant a lot.”
“A standing ovation, that was lovely!” exclaimed Helen toward the end of the video.
It’s about checking in on those elderly neighbors, and the people in your lives and communities that may be alone, and letting them know you’re there for them, in whichever way they need.
And if you can’t play the cello, you could always sing from your balcony.
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