Dear Friends, I am well practiced at saying, “I don’t know.” In my first years of parenting I tried very hard to answer all of my kids’ questions and then I realized that often times, I just didn’t know. And so I’ve become pretty comfortable with saying honestly that I don’t know the answer. I usually try to help my kids’ find their own answers, they like them better any way. “I don’t know.” That’s where my head has been over these last several months of uncertainty. I do
While we should speak with caution and hesitation about a silver lining in what we are all going through right now, it is natural that we look for something positive within this experience. One thing I have taken from this time is a renewed realization that we need each other, that we need to look after each other, that I need you and maybe you need me too.
I have had to face up to the questions: What is at the heart of the matter? What matters most to me at t
Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost some perspective over the last few months of this quarantine. I’ve been so focused on news about Covid-19 and when and how things are going to open, I’ve been so disappointed with how divided we have become over the reality of the crisis that people are acting like not wearing a face mask is an act of liberty, that I’ve not given enough thought to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery as he was jogging in his home town in Georgia. Al
Dear Friends, Well it’s snowing. On a brighter note we did get the PPP Loan and have a plan for its use. I will update you on these developments in the Midweek Message. I hope you are all doing well. The Hagel house has created a chaotic routine. Every day we trying to get school work finished and keep the house livable. At this moment Fiona, Hugo, and Rosie are playing “Hot Potato” to avoid doing work. It’s a really loud game. Kate just came in and told Fiona to do her homew
Dear Friends, New York schools have officially been closed for the rest of the year. While this is necessary, it’s really sad for our kids, especially our graduating seniors and really difficult for parents and families. Covid-19 has taken over everything. Home life, shopping, work. Turn on the local TV station – coronavirus. Turn on a news channel – coronavirus. I used to watch ESPN to avoid the real news, but now – coronavirus. Sometimes it feels like the only thing
Dear Friends, I had to take a walk today. I’ve gotten a bit snippy with my family and needed a reset. I don’t know if it worked, but I’m glad I got outside for a while. As I walked I berated myself for what a horrible job I’ve done at the whole quarantine thing. I had great plans for my family and myself. This was going to be a time of renewal, a time for the Hagels to support one another and grow really close. And here I was needing to go for a walk because I am losing it on