April 7, 2020
I went to the church today to pick up an item needed for the Good Friday service we will stream live from my home. I had just received a hand sewn mask from my sister (with wolves on it!) yesterday, so I felt confident to brave the outdoors. On the way I saw all the electronic church signs announcing there would no longer be public services or planned meetings. As I left our empty parking lot, I was sad to think about no indoor service for Easter (we will be streaming at 10:30). There was a car stopped across our driveway with two people beside it. I stopped and asked if they needed anything, but they said they were fine. It reminded me people still have needs amid distancing.
I had taken the interstate and marveled at how few cars were on the road. I decided to take the slow way home rather than the direct Interstate. This led me through the manufacturing district. I was surprised to see all the factories working at capacity with full parking lots. On my way I got caught behind a truck moving a house down the road. As I crossed the river there was a barge moving grain up the river. There were a lot of people in cars and trucks busy going from one place to the next. It was business as usual in this part of town.
As I progressed from the manufacturing area to downtown there was a marked change. Once again there were very few cars on the road. Most of the shops were closed and the restaurants were advertising only take out available. The exception was any business that had to do with vehicles. The gas stations, lube and repair shops were open. I saw two car upholstery shops open and actively working on vehicles. The new and used car dealers were open and offering deals. I must admit, it made me wonder. When I got home, I put my mask and shirt in the clothes hamper and washed my hands. Happy Birthday . . ..
THOUGHTS: Human needs continue even while we are encouraged to stay home and take the pandemic seriously. One of the last lines between work and homelessness is a working vehicle, or at least a place to sleep. Drive through or curb service has become the norm for food, medicine and other supplies. The next two weeks are supposed to be the worst of this crisis in America. If it is possible, Stay home. Stay safe.