Her PEOPLE interview last week was on another subject — the annual George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards celebration, which she co-chairs. (이벤트, honoring change-makers, will be held Tuesday night in New York City and streamed online.)
During a chat with twin sister 제나 부시 헤이거 and their cousins Lauren Bush Lauren and Wendy Wear Stapleton, all co-chairs of the awards as well, Barbara looked back at her life and work amid 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19, the lessons she’s learned and what’s next.
Pre-pandemic, the Global Health Corps board chair had been in Boston for graduate school — then she and Coyne hunkered down with her parents. Barbara told PEOPLE last week they were recently on the move though, 가지고 “spent the majority of the last year” at the Bush ranch in Texas.
Her sister was quick to interject. “They live in their basement,” Hager joked.
“그건 사실이 아니야,” Barbara said.
“Metaphorically, you do,” Hager, 39, 추가.
괜찮아: “Metaphorically, we live in their basement,” 바바라, 39, 말했다. “We always lived in their basement metaphorically, but on a literal standpoint, we did live with them for the majority of the past year.”
But the couple’s time at the ranch had come to a close.
“That’s a big step, moving out of your parents’ house when you’ve moved back in, in your 30s, but we’re doing it,” Barbara said.
As it has been for many people, navigating the pandemic was a challenge for Barbara and Coyne. But she says temporarily staying with her mom and dad, 전 대통령 조지 여. 부시 그리고 전 영부인 로라 부시, 5분 인터뷰에서 복잡성에 대해 논의하기 위해 “silver lining.”
“We thought it would be for a handful of weeks,” Barbara said. “We didn’t anticipate that it would be for the majority of a year. But it’s time that we never otherwise would’ve had.”
“There’s something really lovely about the simplicity of being with someone every day,” 그녀가 말했다, 첨가, “We could have quiet moments with them and we would take the dog for a walk after dinner every night.”
In hindsight, it was a precious period of peace.
“The downtime of just being together has been really beautiful,” 그녀가 말했다. “I know it’s something that I’ll always remember and likely will never have again. That’s been a real bonus during what has been an unusual and complicated year.”
Barbara said last week that she and her husband were in Maine for the moment — where she gave birth on Monday — but have plans to move back to New York City, where she won’t be too far from her sister.
In a joint statement announcing the birth of their grandchild, the former president and first lady said Tuesday that Cora was born “not far from our family home where Barbara and Craig were married [~에 2018].”
“Cora is healthy and adorable, and we are proud and grateful,” the Bushes said in their statement.
사람들과 이야기하기, Barbara — who keeps a lower profile than her 오늘 co-host twin — was focused on spreading the message about her beloved grandfather’s legacy, which is being honored at Tuesday’s Points of Light Awards gala.
“This is not a quote from our grandfather, it’s from Mr. Rogers: ‘Look for the helpers,’ ” 그녀가 말했다, admitting that she was “찢어” thinking about the late president. “I feel like this past year and a half has been a good reminder to look for the helpers, 이다, 물론이야, why we’re honoring those that will be honored.”
“I think many of us thought at the beginning of this year, that this year was going to look different,” 그녀는 계속했다. “물론이야, that’s not exactly what happened, which is why it’s so important to … look for people that are trying to stay positive and serve others and make a difference in whatever way they can. 확실히, that was incredibly important to our grandfather.”
The former first daughter is devoted to her own good works. Before the pandemic, Barbara traveled often for her job with Global Health Corps, which she co-founded. She hopes to get back to international travel when it’s safe.
“It’s been really healthy to be grounded, but a big adjustment. I miss my colleagues,” 그녀가 말했다. “Our work has not been slow at Global Health Corps. 안타깝게도, this past year has really showed why we need more great creative, young leaders solving problems in global health. 혹시라도, it’s been a validating notion of why this work matters.”
As Barbara explained, “I’m really looking forward to those reunions. Zoom is great and being virtual is great, but I miss laughing with people and having meals with people and just spending time together.”