Welcome to Easter, when families gather together to celebrate the gift of life and the sweetness of finding new wonder and joy in the spring season while hunting for whatever is your golden egg.

With COVID-19 restrictions continuing, why is it the kids are able to conform easier than the adults? We need to learn from them how to adapt. Lessons we learned from kindergarten should apply.

"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," by Robert Fulghum.

  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours. (Simple lesson in community living.)
  • Don’t hit people. (Be kind to others.)
  • Hold hands and stick together. (As a country, a family and in our community.)
  • Share. (Your gifts, your time, your compassion.)
  • Live a balanced life. (Work and play every day.)
  • Take a nap every afternoon. (Add relaxation, meditation, quiet time to your schedule.)
  • Listen. (You might learn something new about yourself, others, of life.)
  • Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. (The Golden Rule.)
  • Things change and come to an end. (And life goes on.)
  • Be aware of wonder. (Expand your world, enjoy the gifts of nature, creativity.)

The Pine River-Backus Family Center takes care of people from prebirth through senior life. Home visiting helps new parents learn best practices in caring for their family. The food shelf is open to all who need a little more help getting good food for their families with self-shopping.

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Prevention services are ongoing. Seniors can get Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors boxes each month with extra food. We have numerous resources for all your family needs.

Your support is essential for us to continue to meet these needs. Donations can be sent to Pine River-Backus Family Center at P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56474. Questions? Call 218-587-4292.

Kathleen Stephan is a volunteer with the Pine River-Backus Family Center and Pine River Area Food Shelf.