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Getting Your Sea Legs - cover letter from April 2020 Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear PARWCC friends,

My husband learned to sail on Lake Erie, his kind friends always willing to take him out to literally “teach him the ropes.” One day he talked me into going along.

I’m not the athletic type, or even particularly coordinated, so I wasn’t surprised when I kept unceremoniously falling over every time the boat hit a wave. It was scary, it was painful, and pretty embarrassing.

“Eh. Don’t worry about it. You need your sea legs and then you’ll be fine.”

Sea legs. When you’re used to the motion of the rocking of the boat and you respond to it physically without thinking - that’s called having your “sea legs.”

In this current crisis, none of us have our “sea legs.” We don’t know what wave will hit us next, or which way we will have to balance to stay upright. There isn’t an experienced sailor who can confidently say, “This part is rough, but the next part will be smoother sailing.”

Over time, I kept going out on that sailboat until eventually I fell over less.

We’ll get there. We don’t know what metaphorical seas are ahead, but we will eventually find our “sea legs” and we will stumble less, and we’ll stay upright more often, until it’s natural and we can manage the seas, even when there are waves and turns we couldn’t anticipate.

Now isn’t the time to sail alone - reach out. We aren’t in the office as much, but we are all working from home and finding our “sea legs” too.

Find us on the website, find us on Facebook, my college kids are home, so we might learn Instagram, I’m floundering with Linkedin (but I keep getting up when I fall over!), or send an us an e-mail. You can reach me at and Association Manager Ashley McCue, at

I hope this issue of The Spotlight, and all of our efforts, will help you as you find your “sea legs.” We will keep ourselves afloat right now, and even if we fall, we will get back up until we figure it out - and when we all get to calmer waters maybe one day we will enjoy the ride.

Be well,

Margaret Phares Executive Director 

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