F INANCIAL F O R U M
What a strange spring we’ve had. As COVID-19 swept the nation, events were canceled, employees started working from home, and schools moved to a completely digital learning experience. Like many of you, I’ve felt the anxiety and fear that comes with the uncertainty of this pandemic. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t! I was talking to somebody who works in the mental health field, and he explained this as the weight of it all affecting us. There’s the uncertainty of what the next week — or even tomorrow—will look like, the barrage of negative reports on the news, and the loss of some of our most cherished events, like weddings and graduations. And as one of the hardest-hit states in the U.S., New Jersey may have a longer road to recovery than other states. I’ve watched the difficulty of this all from the perspective of my daughter, Julie, as she and her husband, Vince, prepare to welcome their first child and our second grandchild this summer. Sadly, we had to cancel her baby shower, but we’re all looking forward to having something to celebrate. Between moving into a new home and preparing for their baby, Julie and Vince are going through some of life’s most exciting big steps. That’s something worth celebrating, regardless of how we have to do so. Reflections From Lockdown RIDING IT OUT
different than what they expected, it has still been just as exciting to see them prepare for parenthood and fix up a bigger home for their growing family.
As for me, the transition to working from home has been fairly seamless. We were able to pick up from the office and work from home with little fuss, and our clients have responded well to Zoom meetings
or phone calls. I’ve also been able to partner with a firm to create professional videos to keep you all updated on the state of our market and your finances, and I’ve been hosting webinars, which I have enjoyed. I also plan to host more informational sessions. Of course, a silver lining to all of this time I’ve spent at home is the joy I’ve found in spending more time with my wife and our dog. I’ve walked with my Labrador, Fiddler, more often, and Becky and I worked our way through “That ‘70s Show” and “GLOW” on Netflix. We’ve even enjoyed quite a few FaceTime calls with our grandson, Owen, and I’ve taken on another round of piano lessons. This spring spent in a pandemic state is a great reminder of what truly matters. It has been scary, and the ramifications of it continue today. I often wonder what will be different about the world as we know it when we come out on the other side, and I’m sure there will be many changes to businesses, health practices, and personal lives. Some changes will be for the better, but we will grieve what used to be due to other changes.
Like many people, Julie and Vince’s lives didn’t stop because of a pandemic. They still have so much to look forward to, and while those plans may have been
“Like many people, Julie and Vince’s lives didn’t stop because of a pandemic. They still have so much to look forward to, and while those plans may have been different than what they expected, it has still been just as exciting to see them prepare for parenthood and fix up a bigger home for their growing family.”
As I’ve explained in emails and in webinars, the best thing we can do is remain patient and ride this out. We’ll get through this together.
Stay safe and be well,
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