Adversity changes our lives


Volumes have been written concerning the COVID pandemic. One could say “what more can be said?”

Since this has been such an earthshaking event of biblical proportions, it takes constant reviewing just to get our heads and hearts around it. We have not walked this path before, so we continue to look for more ways of how to survive.

Every adversity in our lives brings about change - we will all emerge from this experience as different people. Adversity makes some bitter and some better. I trust that we will emerge from this better, stronger, and a more compassionate and caring people.

Having never been this way before, we will now have to search for our way back. Some of us survived. Not everyone did. Frequently, the names of those on our obituary pages have been those of COVID victims. Not to mention untold number of suicides, drug overdoses, and other deaths as a result of the isolation.

Many survivors still have to overcome depression and discouragement that has seriously affected their lives.

I consider a most devastating affect of the pandemic has been what our children have experienced. They were locked out of their classrooms, locked in their own homes. Friends and even family members kept out of their lives. No meeting at the softball fields, no eating out at restaurants, no going to church, no birthday parties and this could go on and on. Not for days, nor weeks, nor months, but for a year and counting.

Thankfully the good news for this community is the school’s doors will be unlocked and we are finding ways to get back to normal with many of these venues.

This community certainly needs to appreciate our School District Superintendent, staff, school board and our educators for their tireless efforts in opening the school doors again.

The new normal will still be different - only time will tell.

Much will depend on those of us who survived to help heal and restore others, that will take time. We can all contribute to the healing and restoration of those who had more difficulty surviving. Love your children. Love your neighbor’s children. Love your neighbors.

Benjamin Franklin said, “It is immoral to steal from our next generation.” We need to search out ways to repay what has been stolen from our youngest generation. “Love never fails.”

— Patricia Farris, Publisher

Story First Published: 2021-03-26