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May Newsletter

May 1st, 2020


The Funny Pages

Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter

May 2020

Sometimes it's easy to forget, as we sit isolated at home, that we truly are in this together. The brightest minds across the globe are working on a vaccine, so we have to continue to do our part.  Stay safe and healthy, be kind and stay patient.

"Together we can do great things" - Mother Teresa

Control what you can

by Debra Holland

So much information coming at us 100 mph during this past month had me more than on a physical lock down. With shutdowns, infection rates and death tolls the forefront of every news outlet, it just became so much, too fast.

In the beginning, I had to watch the President and Governors press briefings for work, keeping updated on small business information. I quickly began to realize that, even though I wanted to stay informed, the magnitude of the situation was more than I could handle in such large doses every day. I don't usually suffer from acute anxiety but mine was in a tight knot in my stomach, I wasn’t sleeping, and I was quickly becoming a nervous wreck. At this point, my life was still pretty normal, we had just put in place a rotating schedule for the office to practice social distancing.

We moved right into layoffs really fast, first my daughter, a part-time waitress/college student, then myself in the event industry a few days later, and finally my son, a dog handler, the next day. Inside of a week, we have 3 adults it the house and not one of us is working! Holy cow – how did that happen? Being a single mom, I am a planner, a saver and, unfortunately, a worrier. Even though I know the loss of our jobs is temporary (knock on wood), I wasn’t emotionally prepared for any of this.

Soon it seemed like every day something changed, and for the worst. I kept feeling like I needed to do something but hadn't a clue what. 

First, we all had to file for unemployment and quickly after that came the influx of federal money that had me breathing a sigh of relief. At least financially, we would be ok. One huge monkey off my back. Who would have thought that little over a month in, I would begin to see our layoffs as a blessing in disguise? Crazy right, but here we are.

Then, I had to take control of my household, what came in and who went out. After a few heated arguments with my 20 yr. old daughter on the importance of keeping her mother alive, (yes, I had to go there, but she came around fairly quick after that.) I was feeling less frazzled. 

At first, my kids thought I was going crazy, wiping and cleaning everything inside the house, especially since I've never been accused of being a neat freak. Then I moved to outside; door handles, trash barrels and even the mailbox and they thought I’d really lost my mind. Soon, they began to see that I needed to do this and gave me some space. We’ve now made take-out a special treat, usually on Saturday nights, that gets immediately re-plated and the trash thrown outside the house, groceries are delivered, and I wipe and clean every item before putting it away.  I need to know my house is safe and this is the way I do it. Some people think I’m over the top on this, but it keeps me sane, especially after I watched all those videos! 

Although my daughter still needs to go for a ride in the car every so often for her own sanity, something I understand all too well,  and we do have to make to occasional trip to the store, I feel much more secure, another monkey off my back.

While still surfing the web, I stopped reading and viewing all of the news article and 100’s of video’s meant to scare people into staying home. They were definitely working on me, I was scared. Instead, I now stop on the feel-good stories. Despite all the bad that is happening right now, there is a lot of good happening too. Doctors and nurses bravely leaving their children with friends and family to go to work every day and fight to keep people alive. Health care workers everywhere voluntarily moving to hard hit areas to help. Kids at home on their 3D printers making tie backs for health care workers whose ears are killing them from the face masks, seamstresses everywhere making masks and donating them to supermarkets and other essential services and the photos of families at home plastering their windows with thank you notes is balancing the scales for me.  Today, I read about more than 40 workers who locked themselves into their factory for a month to make the chemicals needed to produce protective gear for health care workers. The company shut them in to protect them from the virus while assuring the continuation of the very important production. These are just some of the extraordinarily brave people that give me hope and peace and each of their stories are remarkable. This is what I have begun to concentrate on to tame the fear.

Each and every one of us has a different life and different sets of circumstances,  in the grand scheme of things, mine is relatively easy in comparison to many, but if you’re feeling frazzled and out of control,  find small ways to control what you can.

Got the Summer Blues?

by Ken Abrahams

If the season Summer were a person right now, they would probably be an overmatched fighter sitting defeatedly slumped on a stool in the corner of a boxing ring. Summer would have, at least, one black, half closed eye and a broken, bloody nose with a look of dejection on their face. Even though we haven’t hit May, so many of the things we love about Summer have been cancelled or at the very least postponed. While some states are trying to reopen, others remain closed for the foreseeable future and many of the great joys of Summer have been put on hold or cancelled outright.

Based on what the Mayor of Boston said the other day, this Summer will, more than likely, be devoid of major public events. If that is true, scratch the Fourth of July on the Esplanade with the Boston Pops, it may also mean the full season at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion will be wiped out. Earlier this week, the Cape Cod Baseball league announced that they were cancelling the entire 2020 season and the Major League Baseball season has been put on hold indefinitely. Movie theaters sit empty, weddings have been cancelled or moved to another date, summer camps may not open, beach access may be restricted, in general it looks bleak, or does it?

Covid-19 or not, the Summer will come and so will some of the great benefits that the season brings. People are already planting gardens that will bring a delicious bounty throughout the Summer and Fall. Can’t wait for that local fresh corn harvest and there are few things better than a deliciously sweet, garden-fresh tomato. Days will get longer, and the nights will lose their Winter/Early Spring chill. You will be able to go for walks at night wearing nothing more than a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Even if there is still a shelter in place order, or some form of it, people will be able to shelter in the warmth of the sun. By that point in time, hopefully, the social distancing rules will have relaxed a little bit and you will be able to have cookouts with friends and the family that aren’t all living under the same roof you are.

Even if much of what we like to do is not available to us, it will still be a great Summer. If this pandemic has taught me anything it is to be grateful for things large and small. My family and close friends are all still heathy, even my 100 plus year-old Uncle. I have walked a lot of the town we live in and have seen lots of interesting sights during those walks. Takeout meals have been replaced by homecooked meals, soon to be cookouts in the backyard. Food cooked over charcoal absolutely tastes better. Our dog enjoys frequent small snacks throughout the day and the occasional belly rub. Small things do make me happy.

Earlier, I was reflecting on my Mom and how many of the things she loved won’t be happening this summer.  She was an avid Red Sox fan, loved the ocean and the beach, would often go to Tanglewood for outdoor concerts. I remember going with her once to see Ella Fitzgerald on the Boston Common. Then, I remembered too, that she would not be looking at things that way at all. She always felt that others had it much worse than we did, and this would have been no different. Despite the health concerns and restrictions, she would have seen this as a challenge. How can we have a great Summer under these conditions? Be a little creative and look on the bright side. Don’t dwell on what you can’t do, rejoice in what you can do. Learn to grill pizza, become a whiz at Cornhole or croquet, plant different flowers or veggies in your garden, get a kiddie pool and beach chairs for the backyard. You will not be trapped inside in the same 4 walls that you have been staring at for months. Now that I think about it, Mom would still have a lot of special things to do this summer.  I don’t know about you, but I am going to take another lesson from Mom and step up to the challenge.

Have a great Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Game Shows

Paul Giroux is an amazing game show host who has taken his talent to the virtual world.  He gets his audience excited and cheering as they re-create the feeling of a real game show. 

  • Game Show Mania: Based on the Jeopardy television show, this game tests players’ knowledge with a series of trivia questions on topics such as history, literature, and pop culture.
  • Survey Says: Based on Family Feud, this game pits contestants against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey questions.

Connect with [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.  


Virtual Caricatures

 

Over 3 years ago, Fun Enterprises took its caricature program digital and now we've taken it virtual to connect you in a new, FUN way. Our Virtual Caricature program connects your team in a casual way to hang out and chat with one another while getting your caricature drawn. 


Click here to watch a quick video of our Team's Virtual Caricature session.     

 

 

 

 

10 things to keep you sane or at least having some sense of normalcy during the Coronavirus

by Ken Abrahams

  1. Limit the amount of news that you read and watch. It is not only depressing but often inaccurate.
  2. Try not to worry about what neighbors and others are doing. There are a ton of media out there that show us there are a lot of less than intelligent humans out there. Control what you can control.
  3. Limit non-essential screen time. There seems to be a thought process out there that this gives you a “blank check” to binge watch and play games with unchecked abandon. There are lots of other ways that you can spend time.
  4. Do a board game night with friends and family. There are lots of games that can be played virtually like Monopoly or Clue and just use the boards you already have there is no need to buy online versions of the same games.
  5. Try a new recipe. Chances are you have a lot more free time on your hands. Great time to try something new.
  6. Check on neighbors. There are lots of ways to do this without face to face contact.
  7. If you have ancestry.com work on your family tree. This will give you an excuse to connect with family near and far.
  8. Do something to help the cause. There is so much need and so many ways that you can help. Order supplies for a friend, neighbor or local charity, make masks, order food for first responders, post reviews for neighborhood restaurants that offer takeout. There is little or no cost, but the benefits are huge.
  9. Stick to your “normal” daily routine. Get up, shower, dress and have breakfast. This helps now and when you need to go back to a daily routine. Even though Zoom meetings can be pants optional, should they be?
  10. Get outside. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride. Exercise is a good healthy way to social distance

Please try and stay positive. There is a lot going on in the world, but it will get better.

Virtual Programming Options

The unprecedented challenges campus communities are facing given the COVID-19 pandemic make it more important than ever for us to stay connected!  Certainly, some positivity, energy, and motivation will help staff and students manage the current situation and provide tools needed to push forward.  Allow us to work with you to deliver engagement programs that can be offered to your staff or students and accessed both in real-time and pre-recorded.

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Visit our Speak Educators Website for more.

To book for your virtual engagement, call Bonnie Fox at 253-229-4390

or email [email protected]  

This Month:

May 1

May Day

May 2

Kentucky Derby Day – Moved to September 5th

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

National Teacher's Day - Tuesday of first full week of May

May 6

National Nurses Day

May 8

World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

May 10

 Clean up Your Room Day

 Mother's Day second Sunday in May

May 11

Eat What You Want Day

Twilight Zone Day – isn’t this every day now?

May 16

Armed Forces Day - third Saturday of month

May 25

Memorial Day last Monday of month

National Wine Day

 

 

Mother's Day Trivia

1. More calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Do you know how many?

2. What is the median age of mothers in the US?

3. Are women more likely now to become mothers than they were a decade ago?

 

When you're ready, we are here to help

Whether you are planning a last minute Senior sendoff, creating a Summer series to stay connected with students, putting together an amazing Orientation program, or starting to think about some Fall programs to kick off the new academic year FUN Enterprises, Inc. can help. As we have for more than 30 years we stay committed to the needs of our clients. Covid-19 may have changed how we have to conduct business, but it doesn’t change the way that FUN Enterprises works with their clients. Whether the events are virtual or face to face (6 feet apart of course) you can count on us to work with you to help create an event that you can be proud of.

There is no question that none of us know what the future holds and as a result we will be flexible with contracts and changes as we always have. One thing is for certain it is never too early to start planning. Feel free to send us an email and we are happy to set up a phone call or a Zoom call. We are here for you in any way that we can support and help you.

 

Trivia Answer: 

1. Approximately 122 million calls are made on the second Sunday of May.

2.  Women are becoming mothers later in life. The median age at which women become mothers in the U.S. is 26, up from 23 in 1994. While this change has been driven in part by declines in births to teens, delays in motherhood have continued among women in their 20s. In 1994, more than half (53%) of women in their early 40s had become mothers by age 24; by 2014, this share had fallen to 39%.

3. Women are more likely now to become mothers than they were a decade ago, and this is particularly the case among highly educated women. The share of women at the end of their childbearing years (ages 40 to 44) who had ever given birth was 86% in 2016, up from 80% in 2006. This was similar to the share who were mothers in the early 1990s.

Over the past 20 years, highly educated women have experienced particularly dramatic increases in motherhood. In 2014, 80% of women ages 40 to 44 with a Ph.D. or professional degree had given birth, compared with 65% in 1994.

 

Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland May 2020

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