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The Silver Lining of Social Distancing Messy Birthday Cakes, Painted Rocks, and Gratitude

If I’ve learned one thing from this pandemic, it’s that I have a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost right now, I’m grateful for our front-line workers — those essential workers putting their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe every day. I’m talking about doctors and nurses, of course, but also delivery drivers, grocery store and restaurant workers, police officers, firefighters, bus drivers, and farmers. I see you, and I am beyond grateful for everything you’re doing. You guys are the real heroes, and when we come out of this, I’m never going to take the work you do for granted again. Hopefully, the rest of the world feels the same way and gives you the credit you deserve. Another thing I’m thankful for is good news. It feels rare right now, but there are positive stories out there that give all of the doom and gloom a silver lining, and I’ve started collecting them. Here are just a few stories that have brightened my day lately: • In March, the British government asked vacuum mogul James Dyson to start building ventilators, and he went above and beyond to respond. In just 10 days, the guy had invented a brand-new device and donated 5,000 ventilators to hospitals. • In April, the Prime Minister of New Zealand confirmed that the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny are essential workers, lifting the spirits of kids everywhere.

and honestly, I’m loving it. Alexander is doing his kindergarten work at home, and I’ve taken on the role of being his gym and art teacher. (Stephanie is an actual teacher, so she’s handling everything else.) We’ve painted rocks, done exercises in the living room, and made a lot of meals together as a family. Cooking together has quickly become one of my favorite activities. It really

warmed my heart to see how excited my sons were to make their own bagel pizzas a few weeks back, and instead of sending out for a fancy cake at LaSalle Bakery like we normally would for my birthday in April, we made a Bundt cake in our own kitchen. The pizzas weren’t world class and the cake wasn’t all that pretty (I’ve included the photographic evidence) but helping out with both was a really special experience for my sons. They wouldn’t stop talking about pizza night for days, and decorating Daddy’s birthday cake was the highlight of their month! With Father’s Day coming up, I’m grateful to have this extra time to be a dad. Hopefully, you and your family are also doing well, staying safe, and appreciating each other while times are tough. If we keep our chins up, then I know we’ll all get through this together!

• In late March, a stand-up guy bought out a florist’s entire stock of bouquets and had them delivered to people across his town.

• At least three people over the age of 100 — including a 104-year-old in Oregon, a 102-year-old in Italy, and a 103-year- old in Iran — have kicked the coronavirus’s butt and made full recoveries. If you could use more where that came from, then GoodNewsNetwork.org is publishing positive news stories almost every day for those who need a pick-me-up. I’m also feeling particularly thankful for my family: my wife, Stephanie; my 5-year-old son, Alexander; and my 3-year-old son, Andrew. Because of social distancing, we’ve had a lot of extra time to spend together,

Wishing you the best,

-Mike Lombardi

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