Thoughts from the Commish
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
As we enter a most colorful fall season and look forward to the upcoming holidays in a very much changed world, I hope to offer you all some encouragement, comradery, and hope. It has been several months since we all began this journey in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud of our County because I know we all have done the best that we can.
Given that belief, I understand how disheartening it can be to watch the infection numbers rise and to face the possibility of more restrictions. This fact may even make some people angry, depressed, or scared. Although, we are in the thick of this pandemic, I urge everyone to continue on with the fight. We will make it through this.
I know this sounds a lot easier than it truly is, but during this slowed time, I ask you to think of how you can roll your sleeves up and help. Many children are struggling with the virtual methods of teaching, so maybe read your niece or nephew a historical short story. Encourage the kids to teach their older relatives the use of the internet to connect and in return, the elders can impart family stories of wisdom. Patronize (with a mask) the businesses of your friends who may have been shut down for months. Take care of yourself by eating your veggies, staying hydrated, and getting some exercise in.
I understand that these restrictions have caused a slow-down in many of the important facets of our lives, and while this (like so many things) may shift what is ‘normal’ for some time, I hope that you will join me in doing at least some things to prepare for the time when the main threat from this pandemic is past. Before life returns to a more fast-paced (albeit ‘new’) normal, prepare your families and communities to be in the best position for when that time comes. Enrich their lives and your own in the ways we always value, but put off. Most of all, please keep up the good work in protecting each other and staying safe. Keep pushing because we WILL make it through.