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LETTERS FROM THE COMMUNITY

 

March 25, 2020



Much gratitude

It turns out this Covid-19 is affecting more people than we know. It is preventing people with cancer from getting life-saving treatment. It is making doctors and nurses throughout the country and world choose who should live and who should die. It is killing loved ones. It is affecting victims of domestic violence by trapping them at home with their abusers. It is thrusting parents into homeschooling, which is uncharted territory for most. This letter is by no means exhaustive, but this is to everyone I can think affected by Covid-19:

Thank you to all the medical professionals who risk their lives every day for all of us. Thank you for staying calm in the panic and patiently explaining things. Thank you for continuing to save lives.

Thank you to all the midwives who are catching more babies than ever. Home births must be nuts right now. Thank you for doing your best to help protect our most vulnerable.

Thank you to all parents thrust into the role of homeschooling. You are doing great. I know you must be feeling overwhelmed, but give yourself a break. This is new to everyone in your family. You won’t ruin your child’s education by missing one thing. Stay calm and remember that you don’t have to be a Pinterest parent.

Thank you to the grocery store workers and owners. Without you, we would all starve. Thank you for working hard to protect us when panic ensues and fights break out over small things like toilet paper.

Thank you to everyone who is still helping at local food banks. With more and more people being laid off, we need food banks now more than ever.

For all those quarantined with abusers, it is okay to call a friend, family member or domestic violence advocate for help. Abuse includes physical, emotional, financial and psychological. Even through this pandemic, there is still help.

To all of you who lost your job, I am sorry. I wish there was something I could say. I know you are scared. Try to stay hopeful. We can bounce back!

To everyone who has lost or will lose loved ones to Covid-19, I know nothing can replace them in your heart. It is okay to be sad, cry, or mourn however you need to mourn.

It seems like people all over the country are arguing and biting each other’s heads off. I have been guilty of this, too. To everyone I have been impatient with, I am sorry. Hopefully we can all be more patient with each other during these trying times.

Merissa Hatch

Goldendale

Make the best of it

Our world has changed a lot in a few short months. Who would have thought that today schools would be closed, you cannot sit down at your favorite restaurant, and it is mid-March and the swimming pool is not open? More importantly, who could imagine that many people worldwide are losing their lives to the Covid-19 virus? I admit in the last week I have done my share of pouting and threw a few pity parties for myself since we can’t have big gatherings anymore. My dogs may go crazy seeing more of me and walking two or three times a day.

I decided a couple days ago I need to get over it and do something good. I have started my yard work earlier than normal. Who knows, maybe this will be the year that my pampas grass grows taller than my house. I challenge everyone to find the positive in our current situation. Maybe we can have an unofficial beautification of Goldendale by everyone spending more time outdoors taking care of their yards. Maybe we all get into shape simply by walking around town, while I admit that I would rather be swimming while others would rather be at the gym.

While our group activities may be limited, there are things that we can be doing. Maybe this is the year you start a garden. Don’t like vegetables? You could donate them to your neighbors, or the soup kitchen, which will be distributing “sack dinners” soon, or donate your vegetables to the food bank. Don’t have a garden? The Community Garden will be up and running soon near the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District parking lot and swimming pool. The garden plots are situated just right, so many could garden at the same time while remaining at least six feet apart. The garden is open 24/7, so you could garden alone at 2 a.m.

There are opportunities to volunteer at the soup kitchen and garden. Details are being worked out on the sack dinners that are distributed at the United Methodist Church. The Park and Recreation District is working out details for garden plot rentals, since you used to go to the swimming pool office and rent your plots. I am sure we are all working out details in our lives while establishing our new normal. Let’s hope our new normal brings us together, not necessarily physically, but together where we appreciate what we have and we help each other out.

Lori Anderson

Goldendale

True heroes

I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, first-aid responders, and anyone else who might not have the option to work from home. It’s unclear where all this uncertainty will lead, and I wish you peace and sanity while it sorts itself out. You’re definitely heroes to me, and I appreciate your presence in our community.

Avery Hoyt

White Salom

 

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