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BECCA CARCATERRA: Will you be my neighbor?" A PBS Flashback

March 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Day 4

If your newsfeeds are anything like mine, you’ve probably seen this quote by Mr. Rogers floating around:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

That old quote still rings true: all across the world are stories filled with people fetching meals for the elderly, donating to food banks, or putting themselves at risk to administer healthcare or restock grocery shelves.

Check in on your chaletmates or lodgemates regularly. Make sure that your neighbors are well and cared for. Bring food, bring tissues, bring bad Buzzfeed articles. Let them know they are not alone.

In any crisis, we are faced with what version of ourselves we want to be. And Holden happens to be full of helpers. We are each other’s support network, and now is the very best time to practice that good courage we’re always singin’ about.

Thankful to be neighbors with y’all. 

In peace,
Becca

Becca Carcaterra is Human Resources Assistant at Holden Village. This column was originally published on March 19, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.