CHRIS MANION: Keep doing the right thing
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The police showed up across the street checking out young people with a Kentucky license plate spotted by neighbors. On furlough, the young’uns had come to help with the restoration work on their dock that Hurricane Michael had ravaged.
They are co-owners of the property, somehow related to the homeowner, they explained to the police officer.
Grumblings and mumblings rise to the top of many conversations I’m hearing. They’re like bubbly scum in a pot that needs spooning off as corned beef or bean soups simmer.
“331 is jammed with tourists. They’re being so rude.”
Let’s all take a deep breath, shall we?
Here are three things I’m reminding myself these days.
Sure, people are always going to be rude. On the other hand, some people are at the top of their stress or anxiety peak. We are without enough COVID-19 tests to know who’s positive with the virus. Likewise, we are without knowledge of who’s about to snap from the anxiety this pandemic created. Let’s keep some distance on our judging of one another these days along with our physical distance.
Remember that out-of-state license plates do not always represent “those tourists.” Plenty of good people own property here while living in another state.
I think the hardest part of coming to our area and beaches from out-of-state is what the sheriff reminded us of recently: self-quarantining for 14 days.
Let’s enjoy our beaches again and breath in that sea air. But don’t abandon your masks on the beach. The wind blows aerosols and microorganisms farther than a cough or sneeze. Hope but do not trust everyone is going to self-quarantine when they get here.
Compassion and caution showed up across the street and on the beach here. Let that be our legacy from this pandemic.