A good friend reminded me of something I had forgotten. It relates to the old warning that the greatest danger and the greatest chance of a mistake happens in the last mile on the way home. Driving home from a journey, we may let down our defenses when we are closest to the finishing line.
I know it’s not easy for you. For nearly four months, after being Sheltered in Place, except for a very few times going out as a masked stranger, there have been times when I was ready to climb the walls. Since I live alone, the best cure has always been to call a friend and listen to their problems, or just have a good conversation. It always helps me forget my problems and, I believe, the other person benefits as well. There have been times when the only thing I could do, rather than stare at four walls, is to drive around my valley and see how beautiful the world still is.
We are coming ever closer to ending a perilous plague of COVID-19 and having a vaccine. Because we shall, someday soon, see daylight again, some of us may have let down our guard. We may have neglected, or forgotten, or don’t wish to think about, the all-so necessary work that may wait for us. They are tasks and responsibilities that each of us is still responsible for after the Pandemic finishes its devilish work.
Soon we will face these same tasks again, Now is the time to get ready to resume our work for others and prepare for that happier time. Some examples of such work are things for which we all can help: Fire Safety, the Pet program for our older folks who live alone, watchdogging the expenditures for Upper Lake‘s new school buildings, helping the neighborhood Watch Program keep our neighborhoods safe from predators and thieves, safety for pedestrians and preserving the beauty and country atmosphere along highway 20 and elsewhere, attending monthly Support Meetings for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, helping the homeless with food, shelter, and clothing, helping the Senior Centers do their good work, giving our voices at Monthly Supervisor or Planning Board meetings, and for each of us to help in the good work of making Lake County a better place.
Since it takes some form of communication, one way is a trick I learned as a boy; tie a string to two tin cans with each of the two persons, who wish to talk to each other, holding a tin can. Since that may be a mite impractical, try Zooming, a way to use your computer to communicate with several people at one time.
Fire season is on us and most of us know what we can do to lessen the damage to our homes and building. Seniors living alone still need care, calls, and, for some, a pet for company. We will always find the rubbish and junk on our roads waiting to be removed. The homeless are still with us and we must help them for our sakes as wells their own. Our School Bonds and our taxes must be spent in the best and wisest way for our children. The Senior Centers and our County supervisors and Planning Administrators need your voice always.
This is a clarion call to prepare for a new day coming soon. That day is coming and, for some, has already resumed. My salute to a better Lake County future and a healthier, happier, population.