Re-Creation & Renewal

Webster’s definition of recreation: refreshment of strength and spirits after work also: a means of refreshment or diversion: HOBBY.

During the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, I was a ninth-grade student. We were told that tensions were growing, and I recall being in the lunchroom, wondering if I would be able to take the bus home. Would I ever see my parents again? The school day ended and thankfully, I returned home. Our lives went on, but I felt changed with appreciation and gratitude for surviving the potential nuclear holocaust. I complained less about the farm chores my father asked me to do, I really appreciated my family’s love and encouragement and my mother’s home-cooked meals…I was putting my world back together again, but with new eyes.

We have survived a very challenging year. We have all been affected and changed by what we have experienced. It is now time to be refreshed with a new appreciation of what remains and what is new. Will we emerge from the pandemic and political turmoil living our lives the way we have always done things, or will we re-create our lives in new ways based on lessons learned? Will we have a new appreciation for our relationships and the ability to be present with those we love? Will we support our communities through our awareness and involvement? Will we appreciate and thank the essential workers who have bravely and creatively provided for our needs? Menomonie Market Food Co-op leadership and staff have re-created so much of how things are done: online ordering and curbside pickup, instituting mask-wearing to keep staff and shoppers safe, strong sanitary practices in the store, and ongoing helpful and pleasant staff demeanor.

Recreation allows us to do the things we love to do: hobbies allow us to lose track of time and get lost in our activities. When we let go of worry and stress, we notice insights about how we wish to re-create our existence. Take time to regenerate, do the things you love, that give you peace. It’s springtime. New life again is emerging. What do we want to do with our wonderful life ahead?

This article was originally published in the May/June 2021 issue of our bi-monthly newsletter, The Morsel. If you’d like to read more stories like this one and stay up to date on the latest co-op news and events, pick up a print copy in-store on your next grocery run or find more news on our website here.

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