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Working our way through the

POSTED March 19, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Okay, so we are in an unprecedented time in the history of the world as we know it.

Everything has changed in ways that seem like something out of a movie. A movie that we can’t skip ahead to find out the ending and might not want to anyhow.

Not knowing is easily the hardest part of this Covid-19 crisis.

We as humans always like to know, to the best of our abilities, what is coming next, it calms us.

What time do we get up? What time do we go to work? What time do we get home and when’s dinner?

We are, after all, creatures of habit who have seen their habits go up in smoke by an enemy that we can’t see, can’t outsmart or outmuscle.

Routines have had to be adjusted for folks with school aged kids who are suddenly relying on us to educate them while some cannot visit with elderly parents or grandparents in nursing homes, a terrifying reality.

My daughter Kim called me last week and said, “dad, what are you going to do without sports?”

A valid point with the company name of Litchfield County SPORTS.

It’s pretty fortunate that the LCS magazine came about in 2017. It helped me fulfill my mission of telling stories in print, even at a time when folks told me I was going against the grain. Newspapers were dying after all.

I can’t say that this entire process hasn’t been un-nerving, even for the most optimistic of folks like me.

This situation is sometimes impossible to fathom and it happened so quickly with the CIAC canceling the winter championships to pro-sports going dark to bars, restaurants and just about everything else going dark.

The new normal we say.

I wish I had some magic words to say that would push folks forward but I’m having trouble finding them for myself.

What I do know that I can control is my communication with family, friends and neighbors.

I can call or text folks just to let them know I’m thinking of them.

I can disconnect from my phone, news coverage and the internet and take a walk or read a book.

I can take the coats off the treadmill and use it to help keep myself sharp (the coats, they’re on their own.) and healthy.

I can support a local business with a take-out order when I can.

I can listen to music or just sit on the back porch and watch the sunrise or set.

I can check on my neighbors who are elderly to make sure they have what they need and to simply talk.

I can talk more to our cat, Bear who thinks I’m nuts for doing it in the first place but come on, admit it, we all do it.

I can have faith in us as a community of humans that we will get through this and into a new normal.

Heck, perhaps if we are this diligent with hand washing and not going around people when we are sick, the next round of virus might not have a chance.

So, let’s stay calm, stay apart for now and work this problem.

We got this people.


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