By Whitley Clifton | March 26, 2020 11:52 am
by HALEI LAMB
Two words: “alone together.” Said or written independently, these two words are complete opposites. Said or written together, however, the two form an oxymoron. However strange it may sound, we must live “alone together” for the next few weeks, and it’s going to take a village.
Quarantining, social distancing—whatever you call it, keeping apart from our neighbors and friends until COVID-19 passes is vital. We as a community have already begun to see the impacts of this historic illness. Schools been closed. Churches are having drive-in services. Chairs in restaurants remain flipped atop tables during the lunch hour while drive-throughs are slammed. Grocery stores are having a difficult time re-stocking and yet as of Tuesday, March 24, there have been no cases confirmed in Emanuel.
While this time of uncertainty is challenging and scary, we must stay the course. It is truly going to take a village for our community to come out of this pandemic on top, but alone together, we will do just that. The front page of this March 25 edition of The Forest-Blade was designed with a single intent: to show we, our local businesses and citizens, are all in this together. To all of the businesses, industries, civic organizations, schools, and individuals who are doing their part to ensure the safety of our community and our world, let’s keep it up. To all of our area essential workers—healthcare professionals, law enforcement, grocers, truckers, convenience store workers, and everyone whose jobs can’t stop—thank you. Stay safe, everyone, and most importantly, stay well.
“We are being tested. Right now, the outcome may not be clear. But what is clear is that when this community gets together, it knows how to roll up its sleeves and get things done. I have seen it happen before. With everyone committed to
doing their part, it will happen again and we will overcome this
challenge. We all know what we need to do. Together,
let’s get it done.” — Charles Schwabe, Mayor,
City of Swainsboro