“Why are you weeping?” asked the Grill-Meister yesterday afternoon, as we were both on our computers finishing up our work.
I wasn’t sad, but I was certainly moved. The tears were the kind that spring from that instant lump in the throat and acute yank on the heartstrings when people come together to do something positive and the collective spirit becomes a powerful force for good. The we-are-all-connected / aren’t humans wonderful / we can do anything if we join together kind of tears.
I had just read an entry my colleague in the UK had posted the day before in the Social Connections section of our shared site:
“I just went outside at 8 p.m…. everyone was standing in their gardens clapping and cheering!”
Fifteen minutes later, he posted a follow-up:
“Turns out it was ‘Clap for Our Carers’ to show our support for the National Health System.”
Then he added this video. Watch it, and you’ll know why I was weeping.
People all across the UK showed their gratitude for the sacrifices of those in the National Health Care System who are on the front line of the crisis – and they were doing it together, but from a safe distance.
The collective spirit created a powerful force for good.
My Scottish friend and colleague had been heads-down, laser-focused on working and helping his kids with their school work, and had missed the announcements about the Clap for Our Carers virtual event. But he and his family will join in this beautiful outpouring of gratitude next week. This collective appreciation for medical workers has been extended to include everyone who is working to keep things afloat, like grocery store workers, and will happen every week until the UK is on the other side of this COVID-19 war.
There are lots more stories like this one, such as the related article my colleague sent to me this morning: Coronavirus UK: Whole Street Applauds Hampshire Paramedic.
There’s more good in the world than bad, my friends. And to all you carers out there, we’re clapping. We’re grateful for your work and your sacrifices, and praying that you will be safe from harm.
Stay home, stay safe, stay sane and stay in touch. I’d love to hear your stories.