Life goes on. Make the most of it

Johnson City Press • Apr 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM

If you saw Wednesday’s front page, you may have noticed we snuck in something that had nothing to do with the novel coronavirus.

Sports Director Joe Avento on Tuesday happened by a geyser on West Mountain View Road, where a Johnson City Public Works crew was battling a water main break. His photos showed water shooting 15 feet or more in the air. Staff Writer David Floyd, meanwhile, posted some photos of a crew painting the Legion Street Pool in preparation for the summer season.

Water main breaks and pool maintenance are nothing unusual, but that’s the point here. Life goes on, despite all adjustments we’ve had to make in our routines.

Many of us are working from home, dining out less, cooking more, seeing loved ones less often, cleaning more often and taking other extraordinary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. Some of us are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. Announcements from two major employers in the region this week added to that concern.

Although we have seen a steady increase in confirmed cases, Northeast Tennessee luckily has not suffered the unimaginable kind of health crisis seen in New York City and other urban centers. Perhaps we will keep it that way by strictly adhering to the social distancing orders and sanitation recommendations.

But life has not stopped. Some of it has merely changed. We still have clothes to wash, lawns to mow, kids to feed and gutters to clean. We still have relatives to call, neighbors to wave to and friends to chat with online. We still have TV shows to watch, movies to stream and video games to play.

Of course, there are so many episodes of “Tiger King,” “Ozark,” “Andy Griffith” and such we can watch before our eyes start to cross and our minds turn to mush. Spring is here, so get out in the garden, plant a tree, take neighborhood walks, ride a bike, wash the car or paint the porch. Do those projects you’ve been putting off for years. Drag out the board games and that Wii you’ve had in the closet for years. FaceTime with Grandma.

Get creative. Find a new hobby you can do at home. Take up painting, knitting or cross stitch. Join a support organization. Consider the time an opportunity, not a loss.

Do whatever it takes to make this time worthwhile. Stay vigilant about COVID-19. Stay vigilant about life.

Consider those photos David Floyd took of the Legion Pool preparations for the summer. If that doesn’t represent hope, what would?

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