Shelter in Place…. Hope, Faith & Focus
Shelter in place is a phrase unknown to me prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
It sounded ok at first, I have beer in the fridge, food in the freezer and my broadband works like a charm. A couple of weeks at home and then it will be back to normal, right?
Hello, I said right?
The Shelter in Place ( SIP, aren’t some having fun with that acronym?) order has now been extended to May 3rd with no guaranty that will be the end of our domestic solitude. Cases of the virus are just now popping up in Lake County. If there is one thing we have learned from the spread through Asia, Europe and the east coast of the United States; if there is 1 case there will be many more.
Businesses have been forced to close, and many, with very little hope to reopen. The recently passed $2 trillion federal stimulus package, with grants and low interest loans is a start but this will be a very long road back to economic normalcy with business casualties and obstacles littering the road and creating economic havoc along the way.
All businesses fear the future right now. Most wonder if there will be a future and you can hardly blame them. I recently received a letter from my local water company explaining in detail how it is my responsibility to pay my bill and outlining how long it will be before they shut off the spigot and make me head to the shores of Clear Lake to bathe. Like a dog marking his territory, they were looking to make sure some of that stimulus money will be earmarked for them.
On the flip side, there are banks and lenders eager to help. Another new term, forbearance, regarding your mortgage payment has shown up. Some may believe that this excuses you from paying your mortgage, when in fact, it delays your payment but for how long is up to the lender. There are banks that will delay up to 3 months of payments but on the fourth month you are required to pay not only the current month but the 3 months you skipped. Banks and lenders make their own rules, don’t assume anything and make sure you speak with them and follow what they advise.
We are seeing the good, the bad and the ugly through this pandemic. Strangers are helping those who cannot get essential supplies, the local Warming Center has expanded their facility to house the homeless 24/7 during the SIP. I want to give a special shout out to the restaurateurs who are providing meals at the Warming Center, although their own doors were forced to close.
The ugly always seems to show up at the most inopportune time, internet scammers and trolls inciting the social media crowds with false information they heard from their neighbors second cousin’s friend in Winslow, Arizona. We can’t talk ugly without a mention of toilet paper, the bit coin of the times. Just stop with preparing for a wipe-a-thon that will never happen and share the 2ply with your neighbor.
Our faith and hope are going through a test like no other we have had before. We’ve fought through fires and floods by taking care of each other and staying focused on surviving, yet another challenge is tossed before us. Please, block out the noise and keep your head up. Persevering is what we do, this time no one is sure how or when, but we will. We’ll get through this, we’re Lake County!