And a Happy Friday, all my fellow shelter-in-placers! Maybe some of you live somewhere where life is returning to normal, maybe you’re able to go to your barbershop or a restaurant or a salon. But here on the outskirts of New York City, we are still very much closed for the most part. Although my entire week was made when it was announced that as of May 15, tennis is allowed again in my county! Whoo-hoo! A life without tennis is hardly one worth living, if you ask me.
Anyway, I hope you and your loved ones are safe, and on with Good News Friday. Want to start with a very frequent guest in this blog, Steve Hartman of CBS News. Always bringing us stories with humor and heart, he’s hit one out of the park again with this story, of a California restaurant owner who has gone above and beyond time and again.
Meet Bruno Serato, who owns the White House restaurant in Anaheim, is feeding hundreds of people a day out of the goodness of his heart, helping the incredible hunger problem so many face because of coronavirus.
This is a man who 10 years ago gave away free meals to the local Boys and Girls Club, and now he’s doing it again. Despite being deep in debt, he keeps feeding the hungry.
“How can I stop?” he asks.
Watch this story and realize that, as I always say, there are SO many more good people than bad. This man is on track to donate 300,000 meals this year.
Unbelievable. Bravo, Bruno.
**Next up today, this is a wonderful montage for anyone who has pets right now and is still trying to do work. Or anyone who loves animals, or a good laugh.
I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re breathing, this will make you smile. Pet owners trying to work from home, and the pets who just want to play all day. The dog who’s insistent about moving his owner’s hand from the keyboard is my favorite.
**And finally, an inspirational story of an educator who’s going way above and beyond.
An 8th-grade math teacher at Albermarle Road (N.C.) Middle School named Wil Loesel is doing a whole different kind of distance teaching these days.
According to this story, in March, just as North Carolina schools shut down due to the coronavirus, Loesel was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. His is a rare type of lymphoma, called triple-hit lymphoma.
Loesel’s chemo treatments require five-day hospital stays, which he has to spend alone due to COVID-related visitor restrictions.
But he still has some company. Loesel continues teaching from his hospital room, connecting with his 117 students over Zoom.
“There are only so many times you can walk around a nurses’ station without feeling weird,” he says, explaining why he continues teaching. “There’s only so much Netflix you can watch.”
Zoom teaching is another way to stay connected to the outside world, he says.
Instead of focusing on his cancer, Loesel says he gets to talk to his students about what they’re going through during this strange time.
“I get to talk to them and hear their jokes and calm down. One student will say, ‘I love you, Mr. L!’ and another will say, ‘Does it hurt?’ when they see the machines in back of me. Another will joke, ‘You’ll do anything to get out of grading papers!’ It’s great.”
Wow. What an inspirational man. He must be in a lot of discomfort but still is trying to help his students and finish out the year. What a great teacher his students are lucky to have.