I am so pleased Linda L. Kane accepted my invitation to submit a guest post about her own thoughts on the pandemic crisis. Here is Linda’s contribution to COVID-19 stories – Stephen Bentley
Instead of the nightly news being filled with fighting and war we are discovering that we are truly one world, all of us are tied together in the same horrific storm. But what I’ve noticed is people reaching out, helping their neighbors, buying groceries for the elderly that may not be able to go out of their homes. I’ve watched the pot banging in New York every day at exactly seven pm as a show of appreciation, or in Italy the playing of music in support of the people on the front line.
The Washington Post had a story about the release of 43 men who lived for a month inside the Braskem petrochemical plant in Marcus Hook, Pa. Braskem produces raw material for face masks and surgical gowns. The workers figured if they got sick it would slow production down, so they volunteered to stay in the plant, work long shifts, and sleep on air mattresses, at one point their families held a drive-by parade so they could wave through the window. In my own neighborhood, school teachers drove by the neighborhoods where their students are located. There was waving, chalk drawings of ‘thank you’ on the sidewalk all in appreciation of their teachers.
Things are changing, some states are reopening. We are beginning to fight about who’s going too early or moving too slowly, which is understandable, as we’re all interrelated and lets’ face it germs don’t respect state lines. But I believe we should try harder to understand different states decisions to open up. Opening is what all of us want to do for different reasons. But we all must be patient and kinder with each other, observe with faith, and hope that lifting restrictions succeeds but be quick to pull back when necessary.
Everyone is just trying to live. It doesn’t help to be a Northerner who looks down on Southerner, or a securely employed professional who has no clue what it means when a small-town business’s crash. People who work remotely don’t necessarily feel the necessity to reopen as those who must be physically present, in retail or in restaurants as an example. In the United States twenty-six million people are unemployed and the normal things we took for granted may be gone for good.
I personally miss seeing my grandkids, my family, having dinner with friends but I want them safe, and healthy. I’ve had to change my routine; I facetime quite a bit with everyone and I even read Dr. Seuss books to the grandkids while facetiming.
It has been my great pleasure to give children’s books I’ve written to Hart of the Horse to give to kids with disabilities, who once were able to go out to the horses for a visit but because their fragile immune systems can’t go out any longer. These wonderful people at this organization are bringing the horses and bags of goodies to the kids.
My point is this, we are in this boat together, but don’t think of us in separate boats but members of the most brilliant armada fighting this corona virus together all over the world.