Minnesota Nice makes people forget about COVID
It is difficult to believe that it has been one year since we were introduced to COVID-19 and its grip that it has had on people around the globe.
COVID is still with us but its strangle hold on us has been diminished, mainly because of vaccines and the public's willingness to wear masks and follow other safety recommendations. Anti-virus vaccines have also helped us fight the battle.
Many have lost loved ones and friends due to COVID-19. Because of our dedicated health care professionals and first responders, many have had their health security protected.
What has been most gratifying has been the caring concern shown by family, neighbors and friends.
It's called Minnesota Nice as we become the beneficiaries of acts of kindness shown to us by others.
Judy and I have seen this Minnesota Nice first hand in recent months when our line of luck hasn't been the greatest.
People have shown their concern for our misfortunes. Judy has dealt with a broken wrist and heart problems. Yours truly had a broken arm a few years ago, and now most recently, I have been recovering from a broken ankle, broken shoulder and torn rotator cuff.
Our friends have knocked at our doors and showered us with kindness, which includes meals, gift cards and offers to take us to our doctor appointments.
I know other people in the Blooming Prairie area have received these gifts and also have given to those who need some assistance.
Upon our return to our home area six years ago, we have seen how loving and caring people can be. The Blooming Prairie Cancer Group is a true example of how people help others with their needs.
Take time to recognize those people who need a little help because of health or other personal problems.
Also, take time to send a card, make a meal and offer a ride to those who could use a lift to pick up a prescription, or to go to a doctor's appointment.
In the days of COVID-19, we have seen first hand how a pandemic can cause grief for many of us. That grief can be lessened somewhat by those who exemplify Minnesota Nice.
Be a gracious recipient of Minnesota Nice and also be a giver. It's easy to take a moment to think of others' needs. It's called Minnesota Nice and this is one of the best ways to knock out COVID-19.
Thanks everyone for thinking of others. That's MINNES0TA NICE!