We can’t go to our favorite restaurants, but the two of us sit together every night and share our food at our house.

We cannot visit family or friends and hug them. but we can see them and talk to them through Zoom, looking at their loving faces.

We can’t go to the grocery store, but we have grocery delivery up to an art form.

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We don’t have our calendar pages filled out, but we sleep as long as we want and stay up until the wee hours of the morning enjoying whatever we want to do or see during our sleepover.

We cannot honor those we have lost by attending their funerals in person, but we are there at Zoom or by other virtual means to mourn, honor and love for eternity and support family and friends.

We have built a new routine of life as we long for the days of normal activities.

We have stopped to appreciate each other in new, profound ways, of incredible gratitude.

We are beyond grateful to our doctors and nurses, to the entire medical community, to our delivery companies, to our police and firefighters, to our city workers, to our grocery workers, to our postmen and staff, to all the that keep us supplied. And safe, for all the Americans who wear masks, for those who are creating the vaccines.

We grieve for those who are spending their final years in a pandemic and we constantly reach out to them to lift their spirits and let them know that they are not alone.

We seem to love more deeply, appreciate more deeply, see more clearly, and hope more intensely.

And we welcome you to America with the pride we once knew and the hope we have now.

Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Lake View

Thanks to our tenants and neighbors

I’ve never made a traditional list of things I’m thankful for, but 2020 is clearly different. This year challenges our capacity for gratitude.

I am a housing provider, which makes me especially grateful for the blessing of the home, especially in a year where staying home saves lives.

In that spirit, I thank our tenants. Thanks to those who come to pay when they can. It enables my company to keep our buildings safe and clean without reducing quality or staffing. Thank you to the residents who speak honestly with me when they have difficulties. Thank you for respecting your neighbors. Thank you for asking what you can do to help someone in your building with COVID.

Thanks to my fellow housing providers. Our industry has shown great empathy and grace to our tenants. Period. I know of no housing provider who has not been willing to work with a tenant who is struggling.

Thanks to our staff for being understanding and understanding of our tenants and their concerns. We all have to thank them for working longer hours, keeping our buildings clean, with a positive attitude, especially in stressful and riskier environments.

Like all of us, I try to stay positive and see the sunny side, the glass half full. We will overcome this and will always continue to work with our tenants to ensure that they are provided with a safe and comfortable home, during the holidays and beyond. I look forward to the day when all of my tenants can celebrate the holidays safely with all their family and friends, the day when we can all celebrate having regular days to get together safely.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Ron Abrams
Silver property group
Edgewater Uptown Builders Association
Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance