Evening Snapshot is grateful


Luke Kay, 10, shown above, loves his dad, Max, who is a nurse at a Chelsea retirement community. Their family story highlights how the COVID-19 emergency is affecting health professionals across the board.

“He works four 16-hour days in a row, has a day off, then goes back for three more 16-hour days in a row,” said Max’s wife, Amy.

“It has been very hectic.”

Fortunately Amy, who is a counselor at YMCA Storer Camps, has been home with the couple’s two children during the state-ordered stay at home order.

“It is a little scary,” she said, adding that when Max gets home from work, he quickly strips down and showers.

Interestingly, Max is doing what he loves. He once worked at the Brooklyn DPW, but wanted a change, so he went to school and received his nurse’s degree.

So how is Amy doing being home alone with the kids so much?

“We are hanging in there,” she said when asked. “I just hope Brooklyn hangs in there, too.”

We have a feeling Brooklyn is going to be just fine…thanks to people like the Kays.

How are you handling the school closing?

Exponent/ writer Christine MacIntyre reached out to area teachers, students, and parents to document their reactions to the abrupt ending of the school year. We will be featuring some of their reactions The Evening Snapshop in the coming days.

Patricia Hirsch, left, parent of sophomore at Onsted High School and grandmother of a kindergartener.

“The students went from their classrooms surrounded by peers, teachers, and face-to-face engagement, to being stuck at home, thrown into a situation where parents are not only the parents, but also their teachers,” said Patricia Hirsch.

“I’m concerned, especially for the younger kids, for how online learning will work. Based on my experience, kids act different when they’re at home opposed to how they act when they’re at school. I assigned my son an essay a week ago…I’m still waiting for him to hand it in.”

Speaking of nurses…

A man walks into a clinic. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear, and a banana in his right ear.

“What’s the matter with me,” he asks.

“You’re not eating properly,” replies the nurse.

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The joy of the Lord is your strength Neh. 8:10



1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth Cryderman

    April 8, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Max is a former neighbor — enjoyed watching his kids grow up. So glad he met his goal of being a nurse. Proud of his accomplishments and dedication!

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