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PAIGE PARKER

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“I always knew that people are good, but it was reinforced in the most incredible way with the outpouring of goodwill offered to others during the circuit breaker period in Singapore. The government stepped forward in an epic way, while citizens donated to charities, gave PPE (personal protective equipment) to those in need, and supported our essential workers. Even children created fundraiser­s to help out, and friends sent food, drinks and gifts to one another to tide them through the surreal time. My daughter Happy wanted to contribute, so she taught Mandarin lessons via Zoom. All proceeds from her classes (over $8,000) went to the Ray of Hope initiative, a local crowdfundi­ng charity to help families affected by Covid-19. There were countless examples, big and small, of people stepping forward to do good and help others. The sense of community was profound, and life-affirming. Last year, I was also able to spend five months at home with my family. Bee did home-based learning; Happy was forced home from boarding school in the UK; and Jim (pictured right), who usually travels a great amount, were all mine. I will never again have my entire family together like that. For this, I am grateful. The pandemic taught us how the little things are, in fact, the most important, as well as how time with those we love is our most valued luxury. My hope is we will continue to value experienci­ng the meaningful versus ticking the boxes of the multitudes of minutiae that too often consume us.”

“The pandemic taught us how the little things are, in fact, the most important, as well as how time with those we love is our most valued luxury”

– PAIGE PARKER

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