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Heidi M. Pascual
Vol. 15    No. 23
NOVEMBER 16, 2020
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner on November 26th next
week. Time flies the older you get, but during COVID-19, it has been
flying by in the most peculiar ways. At least for me, as the year rolls
out, there are different activities of events that I do or participate in.
If it is the second Saturday in June, I know that the Juneteenth Day
celebration in Penn Park will be going on. It’s the same with Africa
Fest being held the second Saturday in August at McPike Park.
Come Labor Day, I will be sipping brews at a Bier Garden in
Milwaukee with my extended family, enjoying those last golden rays
of summer before the children head off for school the next day. And
there are always the reliable Centro Hispano, Urban League and
NAACP banquets that mark the fall landscape.

But these “north stars” in my life are no longer shining this year as
we continue to wisely shelter-in-place to allow the COVID-19
tsunami to pass and we can once again come out into the sunlight
together. Even weekday and weekend hold no real meaning. I know
that time has passed because my calendar tells me it has along with
the change in seasons.

I have never been one who has enjoyed Zoom and other digital and
virtual forms of being together although I know they are the best that
we have right now. I much prefer the in-person hugging and
handshaking and looking in people’s eyes and getting all the
inference of what they are saying through their body language. I like
people and I miss the simple interactions that I took for granted
before this whole COVID-19 thing hit us.

I miss and am grateful for all of those who have touched my life
through the years. And it seems that more and more have passed on
this year, some due to COVID-19 and some of them not. I lost a first
cousin, although he was 90 years old at the time and lived a
wonderful life. And there is an old friend who is in hospice as I write
this. Life can be so hard.

Just the other day, I learned that Rose Brown had passed. We
served together on a committee for the South Madison Revitalization
Corporation back in the 1980s and I always bought my tickets from
Rose for Women in Focus’ I Have a Dream Ball each January. -
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