Today another month has passed since our quarantine in Los Angeles from the coronavirus began on March 19, 2020, forever changing our lives. We need to acknowledge the sheer awesomeness of what is happening worldwide. We are living in extraordinary times, but in spite of this disaster, I hope that we will all try to seek new ways of finding grace and harmony in our future. You are not alone. We will find our way together.
Even though we have been physically apart for some time, we at Friends of Robinson Gardens are still looking for new ways to shape our future and fulfill our past commitments. The Children’s Science Fair was scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 — the second day of Spring under the graceful leadership of Patty Elias Rosenfeld. Our theme this year was “Spring into Action,” and Action we did! Despite the Covid-19 shutdown, the Children’s Science Fair committee decided to shed a little sunshine on the kids from our four foster care facilities and shelters. One hundred seventy-eight backpacks filled with art supplies were delivered to Vista del Mar, Good Shepherd, Hathaway-Sycamores and Hillsides. Subway lunches and snacks were brought in as well.
While speaking to each of the directors, Patty said that it became very apparent that there is much need within their community, and they were all so incredibly grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Patty also felt that the directors seemed” shocked” that we actually delivered during this pandemic. For us, when the going gets tough, we just keep going. Thank you, Patty for all of your hard work on this project.
Our Membership Committee under the guidance of Betty Rodriguez Goldstein, Clare Wagner and Elaine Stein has done an incredible job of re-writing our Society Membership brochure. Linda Meadows continues to put together our monthly Happenings, working diligently on her beautifully written articles. I am so grateful for your dedication. What would I do without Evie Carlson, our Treasurer, whose commitment to our financial health makes her my superhero.
Due to the uncertainty of what our new health guidelines will be, we are still in a holding pattern for this year’s regular Garden Tour. We are trying to come up with new ways to celebrate as this is our most important fundraiser of the year. Betty and Luke are troopers and are continually evaluating our options. We want to thank our membership for their constant support, so we are working together to find some alternative ideas. We welcome all suggestions.
If you have been following our weekly series, Spring Blooms, you are likely aware that our Children’s Wildlife Pond has been stocked with tadpoles just doing their miraculous “thing” of becoming frogs. We are also awaiting a pair of Wood Ducks that will make their home in the Duck House, floating on the pond at one of the finest addresses in Beverly Hills. Our wonderful gardeners have been beautifying our gardens under the watchful eyes of our talented Superintendent Tim Lindsay, who just celebrated his 60th birthday….more than a third of them with VRG. Congratulations and a big Thank You!
There are so many lessons that we have been forced to learn or be reminded of during this pandemic.
- Words are powerful, so use them wisely.
- People come and go, but the right ones stay.
- Random acts of kindness make everyone feel better.
- You are doing enough, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
- Embrace change. Unless you try new things, you will never grow.
- As the dust settles, we can look back at what we have learned from this experience… how little we need, how much we have, and the value of human connection.