Pandora and Hope

When a student recently mentioned his cat, “Pandora”, it reminded us of the Greek stories about Pandora.  In one version, the mythological Pandora is curious (like a cat) about a box in her care, opens the box lid, and unintentionally releases afflictions and misfortunes upon the world.  After slamming down the lid, she discovers one thing remaining:  hope.

Hope is a gift we can all share.  To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, hope doesn’t come in packages, with price tags, or strings.  The stories about Pandora and hope helped our ancestors to persevere.  Today, our own stories about hope will help each of us help our children endure as we move forward from the challenges of 2020.  Even though the recent focus on the remarkable development of the Covid vaccines has given many of us new hope for the future, the smaller, personal stories, over a lifetime, are the ones that will continue to sustain us.  These include the stories from people who:

  • Find creative ways via virtual platforms, through a window, or through old-fashioned letter writing where we can continue our connections...and be hopeful without putting each other at risk...

  • Always wear a mask when out in public...to give us hope that even the simplest acts can go a long way toward helping each other stay safe...

  • Stay home when feeling sick or have been exposed and notify their MD and School Nurse to discuss Covid testing to help keep the schools safe... and inspire us with their open, helpful communications

  • Support public health efforts to reduce health disparities for all members of our society starting with listening to those who are most affected by these disparities...  and promoting hope among all communities…

  • Take time to listen to others with respect and courtesy when disagreements happen...fosters hope that our children will learn from our examples

We hope that you and your family have a healthy, safe holiday season as you add to your own stories of hope.