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The promise of a hopeful future: LA trip to see son cut short will be resumed

Since the Covid-19 crisis began the Irish Independent has reported on the everyday heroes in our health service and communities.

And now we want to create something positive ourselves. Over the coming weeks, the promise of a hopeful future will be our motivation to help stem the spread of Covid-19.

The Irish Independent and Independent.ie are asking readers to "make a promise" for when normality returns.

It could be to yourself, somebody in your family, a neighbour or wider society. All we ask is that you follow Nelson Mandela's advice and allow "your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears".

Submissions should be no more than 100 words and emailed to stories@independent.ie.

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Promises: Pamela Cleary and her son Marc

Promises: Pamela Cleary and her son Marc

Eadaoin Healy (11) and her mum Niamh

Eadaoin Healy (11) and her mum Niamh

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Promises: Pamela Cleary and her son Marc

I promise to return to Los Angeles. I flew out on March 11 for two weeks to spend St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day with my son and son-in-law, and all their friends.

They have lived there for 14 years now. I flew out on the Wednesday and had to return on the Sunday as all flights to and from Ireland were being suspended. 

We had so much planned to do, but we will fight this, and I will go back, and we will do all the things we planned again. You'll never beat the Irish.

Pamela Cleary, Dublin 

I can't wait to see my two nanas and granddad

This will pass but until it does we have to self-isolate and stay within 2km of our homes.  When this is over, I can't wait to see all my friends again and play with them. I really miss them.  I really can't wait to see all my aunts and all my uncles and most of all my two nanas and my granddad.

I am so excited to see them.  I also am looking forward to meeting my cousins and playing with them and, lastly, celebrating my brother's confirmation with him. That will be fun.  At the same time there are some good things that are coming out of this for me, like talking with my family. 

I call my cousins every day on Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp. We do quizzes on the family chats. They can be fun.  I still would like to see my grandparents, that is the hardest thing for me and my family at the moment.

Eadaoin Healy (11), Kerry

I will hug my mother in Poland like never before 

When the virus outbreak ends, the first thing I am going to do is to jump on the next plane to Poland to visit my beloved mother who turned 80 a week ago and with whom I was to celebrate that milestone.

When I see her, I will hug her like never before and tell her how much I love her. I don't know when… but I will make my promise. 

Aneta Ladzinska, originally from Zawiercie, Poland  

I'll slow down - what was I so busy doing?

When this is all over I will slow down. I never sit still and appreciate what's going on around me. I've been sick for two weeks and all I want is to get outside and breathe in the fresh air and walk by the sea.  I will hug my four children and husband more and I'll make more time for family and friends.

I'm always too busy and now I sit and think, 'what was I so busy doing?' With hindsight: nothing important at all.

Rachel Scannell, Co Dublin 

Hurling helmets will replace face masks

If I am spared the rigours of this horrible plague I will, henceforth, thank the Lord daily. Next, I will resume reading my newspaper, from back to front.

Hurling helmets will replace face masks and intelligent dogs will realise that the good times are over. How sweet will be the sound of a live show? Even the return of traffic could be welcome - for a day or two. While some politicians declare a mandate for change, mine simply is: Please restore the weather as the main topic of conversation.

Flan Quigney, Co Tipperary  

I will not take anything, or anyone, for granted

I thought I knew what the future held. I took for granted it would go according to my plan. I hoped that all my dreams would come true. I thought there would be time.

Now I know that I do not know what the future holds. Now I know the only time I have is now. Now I know that my dreams have already come true - because I am here, still hoping. Now I know that what I say and do shapes the future. I promise, in the future, I will not take anything, or anyone, for granted. I hope I remember that promise. 

Eileen Forrestal, Sligo

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