Dear Aidan Families,
As many of you know, last year was supposed to be my 11th and final year at Aidan, but then the world turned upside down. It didn't feel like the right time to leave a community I love and know so well, so I'm back part-time for an encore year!
I've had a lot of time to reflect on the state of the world, the mental health of my friends and family, and my own mental health. And what continues to frustrate me, is the phrase "social distancing". Of course I am following all safety guidelines of wearing a mask, washing my hands, and staying 6 feet apart from people who are not in my COVID-19 bubble. But what I need the most, and what all of us need right now, is social and human connection. Words matter. I believe that the term should be "physical distancing." We are social creatures. Connection, maintaining relationships, and emotional support are fundamental human needs. And in times of crisis, especially a global one, we need each other more than ever.
So I am not participating in social distancing, but I am participating in physical distancing, and I encourage you to do the same.
As a reminder, I am available for any Aidan families who need support in this most unusual year, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
In support and connection,
Jessica Kwerel, School Counselor