Pat Your Backs by Coco Ihle

This is my time to say thank you to all the people who have been following the guidelines by implementing social distancing and the health suggestions to get us all through this terrible coronavirus pandemic. I’ve witnessed bravery beyond belief from those in the front lines; not only first responders and health workers in every area of care, but also in the leaders of businesses who have valued their employees enough to hold on to them even in sacrifice, and also to friends who have helped those who have not handled this crisis as well as they.

Kudos to the people who have altered their manufacturing plants to make much needed products. Many doing so without requests made for them to do so. And thank you to those who have generously donated food, medical supplies and other necessary items to those in need.

Thank you to the teachers who are tirelessly not only helping their students continue learning, but are helping the student’s parents, as well. These teachers are using their ingenuity and creativity in amazing ways.

Thank you to my local grocery store employees who have been tirelessly and cheerfully working to keep us fed, and the druggists who make sure we have our medications, and to the trash pick-up guys who even work in the dark, and the postal workers and other delivery people who make sure we have our mail and packages. I actually feel not only grateful, but spoiled.

Thank you to those of you who have thought about and made the effort to check on seniors who may be isolated and lonely, not only to see if they are all right, but also to offer to go to the grocery store, or pharmacy for them or to drive them to a doctor’s appointment, or run an errand or two. I’ve been blessed here, too.

I am thankful to our President for gathering experts in all fields necessary to help us successfully get through this war and for keeping us informed each day with a progress report.

Thank you to all the people of many religions who are sharing their faith and comfort with their congregations and friends online. One of my friends who is also an author and a minister’s wife shares a daily prayer and treats us on the piano with her wonderful renditions of famous old hymns. Thanks, Sherrie. I’m enjoying watching you, so much. And I thank Kevin Latty, a friend’s son for sharing his wonderful inspiration today.

Today (as I write this) is Good Friday and as Easter approaches, I’m reminded why I celebrate this time each year, for Jesus is Risen. He is with us today. I mentioned above how spoiled I feel, but I’m reminded that there are many who are grieving right now for loved ones lost or gravely ill. I pray for those people and I also pray in gratitude for those of us who have been spared and only inconvenienced. I pray for those who have lost jobs and I ask for guidance and help for them at this time. I pray that this spirit of togetherness and compassion will continue far into the future as we move ahead and slowly recover from this terrible pandemic. I pray that we have been inspired to be more considerate of others and united as individuals and communities.

And, on a lighter note, I thank so many friends who have held on to their sense of humor and sent funny cartoons or sayings, phone calls, even greeting cards to keep me in a cheery mood. I can say it has worked! THANK YOU! I’m so grateful!  PAT YOUR BACKS!


Coco Ihle is the author of SHE HAD TO KNOW, an atmospheric traditional mystery set mainly in Scotland. Please join her here each 11th of the month.



Filed under musings, writing

9 responses to “Pat Your Backs by Coco Ihle

  1. Susan Coggins

    Excellent blog! So many reasons to be thankful.

  2. Rob Ihle

    Great blog. I feel the same way and I try to say thank you to all the people I come in contact with on the front lines.

    • Coco Ihle

      Thank you so much, Rob. Bless you! As you work in an essential business, be extra careful and safe. My prayers are with you and Florence every day..

  3. Thank you for reminding me of how ,many things we have to be thankful for, Coco! I will add that I am thankful for you, and the support and appreciation I feel from you – and not just now, but always. The Prayer Times have helped to keep me focused on gratitude, and have eased my anxiety tenfold. If they have helped you and others cope in any small way, I am thankful for that, too! Stay safe! ❤

    • Coco Ihle

      All God’s blessing to you, Sherrie. I truly believe He has anointed you to give comfort to others and I’m reminded of something Gloria Copeland once said, “I’ve preached myself happy!” I think you do that, too! I certainly feel comforted. I pray for you and your family now and always.

  4. Lovely reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for. I’m thankful for the chance to “attend” church services with my brother and mother in England, and a cousin in Australia, all at the same time while I’m in America. Separation has surprisingly brought us closer together.

    • Coco Ihle

      How wonderful for you, Sheila! You have been witness to a phenomenon that I think has happened all over the globe. We’ve been forced to stop and reflect during this separation, and it has brought many families and friends closer than they were before. How extraordinary! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Bless you!

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