To Be Continued: Get Out And Move

Dear Ones,

In a recent column I asked how you all are coping with the continued restrictions on activities due to the global pandemic. I thought I’d share a few of our strategies, and hope you’ll share some of yours.

One of our favorite things is to get out and move! Tom and I have been walking the loop around the abandoned golf course on Lady’s Island fairly regularly. We’ve also revived our old hobby of Volksmarching, usually on my sabbath day. I say revived, but Tom never really stopped. There are 10K walking routes all over the United States, accessible to anyone. There is one here in Beaufort, two in Charleston, three South of the Broad, and one in Savannah. We started this back in the early 1980’s, before our children were born. I recently finished a distance record book. I’ve walked over 1,000 kilometers – Tom has walked over 2,000…

In cleaning out his parents’ house and barn, Tom found a couple gravity boxes that he brought home to Beaufort. He’s planted a couple of tomato plants in one, and we’re hoping for some fresh-picked tomatoes soon. (see photo) About a year ago I bought the materials for a special knitting project, and I’ve just gotten started working on it in the evenings. In this time of semi-isolation, until we can be together again, it’s helpful to have something to work toward accomplishing.

So, whatever you’re doing to keep active, physically and mentally, and to keep emotionally healthy – keep doing it. And know that there are others right there with you. I hope to see you at services, the Connect Online time, a committee meeting, or some other UUFB event soon.

Thank you for being here, for being part of this Fellowship, and for staying connected! I love you. We will get through this. Keep breathing and stay safe, everyone.

Rev. Lori Hlaban