One of the biggest lessons I have learned from COVID-19 and the whole quarantining, social distancing is NOT to take the little things for granted. This hit me especially hard this morning, as we mark six months since the world turned upside down in mid-March.

Photo Walter Churchill
Photo Walter Churchill

Last night was Friday night, with temperatures in the 40s. I should have been broadcasting a football game. I should have had my parka on. I should have been listening to the pep band and talking to the cheerleaders. I should have been wearing my love for MDI football on my sleeve so you would know how they were doing, whether they were winning or losing just by the tone of my voice. I should have been getting home around 11 p.m. and sitting at the kitchen table writing the recap of the game. I should have been struggling to stay awake and probably nodding off before waking up around 1:30 a.m. and hitting the publish button.

If you knew in March that you wouldn't have been comfortable or able to go to Church for six-plus months, would you have made that extra effort to get there?

If you knew you wouldn't be able to eat out or go into a restaurant for almost half a year would you really have eaten McDonald's or at some other fast food chain as your last meal?

Would you have put off going to visit your relatives out of state because you were too busy? Would you have gone to the movies with your spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend? Would you have gone to the school dance? Would you have gone to the community pancake breakfast?

Think of all the things we have missed in six months. I'm not here to debate whether the state should be more open, whether this is all a hoax and whether we should be wearing masks or not. I'm just here to say appreciate all the little things, the things you took for granted. Life is too short, time is too precious. Take advantage of those little things, because we don't know what we don't know, and what tomorrow brings.

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