We know this is a difficult time for everyone but author Fran Schmidt and contributing writer Christine Demcie (the persona of Fred) would like to send you heartfelt words of hope and a sincere message to stay safe and well.
And here’s a few words from Fred:
“I once watched a young neighborhood boy accidentally kick a small anthill on the patch of grass outside my building. He went about his merry business unknowing the chaos that soon followed. The ants were scurrying this way and that, scared and confused, and I was concerned they wouldn’t survive in all the turmoil. But then something remarkable happened. They banded together, each with an important job function to perform and by the very next day had rebuilt the anthill and their life continued.
I’ve seen a lot of things in the 120 years I’ve been around and I watched my tenants survive in the face of great adversity. We’ve weathered an earthquake, countless blizzards, wartime challenges, the 1918 Flu Pandemic, and The Great Depression to name a few. At times, I too have been isolated and felt alone and helpless. I know everyone is confused right now and the uncertainty of what the future holds can spark fear and great unrest. The one thing I will say is please take things one day at a time and don’t give up hope. This too shall pass, and together, everyone can work hard to rebuild a stronger anthill.”