One thing the coronavirus has done is make me even more aware of how amazing the people of Lawrence County are as they work to help each other in good times and bad.

As the Junior Auxiliary of Lawrence County marked National Junior Auxiliary Week last week, we are reminded of how much this organization does for Lawrence County.

From spreading joy at Christmas with their Polar Express event to providing for students who need a new pair of shoes, the JAs spend the entire year helping the children of the county.

We are truly blessed to have this group working to make Lawrence County an even better place.

As the county has faced the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Auxiliary members were quick to step up, providing approximately 300 homemade masks to prevent the spread of the disease.

Like many others, I’m sure, I find myself becoming more discombobulated as time goes on during this time of social distancing, business shut downs and mass cancellations.

It is not a stretch to say that it feels more and more like we are living in an episode of The Twilight Zone. I keep waiting for the news that we can begin to return to normalcy, but it keeps getting put off further and further into the future.

With all of my sons’ activities canceled, and me working both from home and at the office, my only anchors to remind me where I am in the week are watching church online on Sunday mornings and my newspaper deadlines. At least I always know when it’s Wednesday.

It is funny the things that can make me emotional. Not being able to worship with my church family on Easter Sunday brought tears to my eyes, but that was to be expected.

I was, however, surprised how emotional I got dropping of my youngest son’s AMI work at his school. There was something so sad and final about the campus being empty way too soon.

Driving down Main Street in Walnut Ridge right now gives me mixed emotions as I have pride in the community that rallies together and plans for the future as evidenced by the red bows adorning the lamp posts. However, I also want to cry at door after door with signs posted explaining about closings or policy changes due to the coronavirus.

It’s now been several weeks since we have been able to unlock our front door at The Times Dispatch. What a happy day it will be when we can open our lobby and welcome customers in person once again.

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