Murphy’s Law

What else really matters when we are battling an invisible enemy in the COVID-19 pandemic.

My family is complying with staying at home and following social distancing recommendations and because of that, we are safe and healthy.

Everyone is adjusting to this new, strange world we are living in.

School is now at home, most businesses are closed or are working reduced hours, offering take out and pick-up only and most people are only out in public when they absolutely have to be.

Whenever our lives are restored to whatever normal becomes I wonder how much we will be changed.

Will we still be mindful of better hygiene from something as simple as thoroughly washing our hands and coughing and sneezing into our elbows to cleaning better and being mindful of our surroundings.

Or, in time, will we forget about all we went through and just chalk it up to something the world went through and now everything is back to normal?

My wife and I stay hunkered down at home except for work, groceries and picking up some food once in while from businesses that are still serving but struggling.

I have not seen my son and daughter-in-law, Alek and Anna, for weeks, and it is going to stretch into months. We talk on the phone and text, and that will have to be good enough for a while.

My daughter, Claire, comes over to help me get the papers ready to mail, but my son-in-law, Trent, works in retail so he stays away.

This is our world for the foreseeable future, but once again, it’s hard to complain when we are safe and healthy because that is not the case for thousands of people, and the number is growing.

Deaths are climbing with no end in sight, and the virus does not discriminate. It affects young and old, men and women and people of all races, creeds, colors and religions.

That means we must remain diligent in following the recommendations of health experts because none of us are safe if we don’t keep ourselves safe.

I am not bored staying at home because the alternative is putting myself at risk, therefore putting the people who mean the most to me at risk and everyone else I come in contact with.

Stay home unless you absolutely have to get out, watch a lot of television, read, do home projects, go for walks in small groups, I don’t care what you do as long as you stay safe. It’ll be worth it.

Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor at The Telegram.