Apart yet united

The last time neighbours called around to check on each other was an ice storm years ago.

Everyone tried to weather the hydro outage the best they could and after a day or two the lights came back on. Little did we know that one spot up on the hill ran off a different utility line and they didn’t have hydro for days. After checking in and seeing the desperate situation a meal ensued and a hot shower was made available. Better friendships came about from that debacle.

One of the charms of country living is thinking people don’t know your business – but they do. A vehicle out of place or a calf on the wrong side of the fence is quickly noticed. A subtle inquiry from one neighbour to elderly neighbours this past week was just such a case – curious if supplies were needed or how they were getting along.

We trust the same activities are taking place in town. In fact, we have seen many interactions where residents have gone out of their way to brighten someone else’s day. That’s what community is all about and as this COVID-19 virus ravages unsuspecting souls, we need to be vigilant of neighbours and friends who haven’t been out and about. When things look a little too quiet, check in on them – at a safe distance of course.

If you are capable and can help, do so. It’s the right thing to do.

From our visits to the grocery store it appears the rush to get supplies has subsided. Residents here are so lucky to be served by happy and professional staff. Despite being overworked, they make every attempt possible to clean and sterilize and fill shelves. Shoppers seem organized and polite to one another as they get items needed for their families. Except for a day or two, the amount of fresh produce and meat for sale has been incredible really. Canadians are so fortunate to have access to quality food.

For the first time in county history, members of council met via teleconference. In this day and age that may seem an odd thing to marvel at, but it required a change to legislation to let it happen. We overheard part of the meeting as one of our reporters listened intently. The meeting was handled professionally by Warden Kelly Linton and participants were able to get their points across.

While this saga is only week three in the making, it goes without saying that it is important residents get behind officials who are doing their best to guide us through this crisis. There will be time for review later, but now we need to support them as they make choices with the best information available.

We think too of the medical profession – from doctors to nurses to helpers. The risks are obvious and the tension palpable, but across this county, men and women are leaving the safety of their homes to care for patients. This selfless devotion is made all the more personal as my twin daughters enter the realm of health care at this time. Prayers for healthcare professionals are fitting.

There are so many people who deserve our best wishes for their acts of courage helping others.

As we sit and wait out this crisis, let each of us do our part and stay at a safe distance. It is such a small thing to ask in the grand scheme of things. Let us all carry on hope that one day, hopefully sooner than later, we can safely share a warm embrace and time with friends and family.

We are apart, yet united.