Notes by Claudia Potamkin: Covid-19 Gets Personal
The musician and writer tests temporarily positive and makes some permanant discoveries
I located a condo in the building where all three of my adult children have apartments and we moved my parents in the first week of February. The light in the views of Biscayne Bay, the extra space and the company of my children and me gave them new promise. My dad wanted to use the gym and swim in the pool. The best we can do for our loved ones is everything we can. My father died six days later. My mother stayed with us a few more days, enjoying peace on earth with my father at rest. My daughter rubbed lavender oil on her hands and feet as I played her favorite songs on the guitar. We buried my dad and my mother died the morning after his funeral, on Valentine’s Day. Sorrow comes when someone leaves before their time or another begs for more life. Such was not the case for my parents. They were ready to go and therein lies the grace of their passage.
I had no way of knowing at the time what a momentous blessing this chronology really was. The nights of shiva, where friends and family gathered to remember my parents, to share stories and philosophical musings, were the last evenings of unrestricted gatherings I would know for some time.
Claudia Potamkin began her professional career in media as a sportscaster in the late 70’s, producing sports news for News/talk radio WNWS and ABC’s Channel 10, as well as broadcasting play-by-play and color commentary for Miami Hurricanes baseball on WVUM. She has written, produced and voiced commercials and documentaries since the early ’80’s.
Claudia is a founding partner in genConnectu, a premier online educational website which connects users with over 3,000 world class experts providing courses on topics including career, finance, health, relationship, lifestyle and giving back. In addition to interviews with experts for Genconnectu, Claudia conducts author interviews at Books&Books and is a frequent master of ceremonies and moderator for various organizations.
Claudia has served on the boards of civic and charitable boards for over 40 years. She is the proud mother of three who is pleased to fulfill her responsibilities. Responsibility = the ability to respond. Claudia feels it is a duty and an honor to respond to the needs of her local and global communities.