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Part 1 Update

Part 1: Well today is the day. It’s been weeks that I’ve been struggling about writing a message on social media to express my thoughts. However, I didn’t know how to begin or what to say. So please be gentle and patient with me as I try to skillfully speak from my heart. Do you wake up each morning thinking that this is all a bad nightmare? For me, I never ever thought something like this COVID-19 virus pandemic could stop the world in its tracks and affect so many lives. As a new small business owner, I’ve had many hurdles to get over, but never imagined something like this could shut my doors. As a mom, this brings back horrifying memories of trying to navigate my kids through the tragic events that 911 presented us with nearly 20 years ago. Our sense of security and well being has been shattered once again. Where do we go from here? I know for me, I’ve been trying to take it one day at a time. At first, I felt like I was in shock, paralyzed to the point where I just sat on the couch, watching the news. I had no motivation. I was missing my family, my friends, my customers. I’d cry, having a pity party for myself. I’d pray and if I couldn’t sleep, I’d pray even more. Some days were filled with an overwhelming sense of sadness. My feelings turned from self concern to worry, empathy & concern for the many wonderful people around me. How are my kids & grandkids, my dad, siblings, my friends and my customers coping? Are they safe? Are they staying healthy? How are they dealing with these daily challenges? Do I focus on saving my quilt shoppe or giving to the community? As of Tuesday, March 16th, my doors were closed to the public in following the CDC guidelines as well as state & federal regulations. My first concern & priority is to keep my JM girls and customers safe from this awful virus. With all this being said- How are you all doing during this unprecedented pandemic? Do you miss us as much as we miss you? Part 2 - to be continued Until then -please be safe & please stay healthy..... my love to you all?? Susan