I’m writing from Arizona, the state with all the cactuses, rattlesnakes, and crazy summer heat. Some days in July it can be 46C! I’ve been thinking about the world-changing events that have taken place since I’ve been alive, which is a long time—I’m 63! There have been so many, including wars and terrorist attacks. And they completely upend your life. But I also realize that after the immediate crisis fades away, things do get better. What I remember most about those hard times is how people try to help each other cope with anxiety and sadness. I am under quarantine for 2 weeks, and my neighbors will be doing grocery shopping for me, and lending me books. (They have to leave everything at my front door, so we don’t come into contact.) So be good to one another! It will make a difference right now, and it will be a memory to take through life. I am thinking about you beautiful kids, knowing we will all get through this together.
Ngiyanithanda, (“love” in Zulu)