No one was in the lobby and the sign on the door said absolutely no visitors!
No one was in the dining room and tables and chairs were shoved to the side with yellow caution tape around them.
There were no cars on the streets and the park was empty. There were red danger tapes around the children’s playground.
Banks were closed and churches too.
No one walked the streets unless they were accompanied by a dog on a leash.
No theaters, no gatherings of any kind.
And yet there was the internet alive and humming.
People were arranging to gather virtually.
Video conferencing among friends and family became routine.
Church was streaming seven days a week morning and evening .
Old problems were forgotten:
The homeless, racism, political differences. What would happen?
New problems arose:
Hoarding of toilet paper and anti bacteria lotion.
How to get groceries and prescriptions.
But there was no rioting, looting or fires, like there were in the sixties.
Amazon was so busy that people worried about the people who worked there.
Police delivered life-saving meds.
Grocery stores were open early for the elderly, and Costco only let a few in at a time.
Everyone stayed home, but for how long?
Teachers taught us how to home school.
Artists taught us how to be artists at home.
Everyone worked together, separately.
Separated by at least five feet,
But acting like they were right beside you ready to help if you need it.
How will this end?
Will we return to the way we were?
Pick three things you will continue to do when the earth is no longer standing still.
Daily contact with friends and family?
I want you to know that I care about you.
I wish you well.
– Small town boy