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Op-Ed: A simple choice has a profound impact

Chris Kovatch

Over the last several months I have said the phrase ‘when things get back to normal’ more times than I can count. This is almost a subconscious reaction in most instances. When I pause and think about it, I begin to wonder if I really want to see that totally happen.

I do want people to get well. I do want our economy to recover. I do want interactions with others to not be tinged with fear of getting sick. I believe everyone would agree on those items.

There are a few changes that have come about that I would like to see remain after the virus runs its course. I absolutely love how our community has supported local businesses. We have seen some close due to the restrictions, but we have seen our community come together like never before to support local businesses. What could have been a truly devastating event was avoided by people having concern for their neighbors. The simple choice to order take-out or buy a product from a local shop had quite a profound impact.

I am also a big fan of our time at home. Sure, cabin fever can and will set in, but all in all, we have made some amazing memories staying home during this time. Planting a garden, sitting around the fire pit in the evenings, and watching movies together are just a few memories that I cherish.

Finally, the overall sense of community that has been reborn or reinvigorated is amazing. Neighbors checking on neighbors. Friends lending a hand. People who are qualified to teach Algebra 2 and help my kids with their homework because you know I don’t remember how to do that stuff. Whatever the change, it appears that people are reverting back to actually interacting with others-even with all of the restrictions.

I do long to see the day where the negative impacts of this virus are gone and hopefully we are on that path. I plan to remember the positive changes and do my best to keep them a part of my daily life. A return to ‘simpler’ times isn’t a bad thing. I for one have greatly enjoyed it.

Chris Kovatch is a resident of Orange County. You can reach him at news@orangeleader.com