Remember to be counted! The 2020 Census is now underway. The positive about being counted is that you will be included, sadly it will lead to being taxed at a much higher rate. Someone must pay for the 2 trillion bailout and that will most likely be generations to come as inflation skyrockets.
You think that I could come up with more interesting topics since I have been asked to Shelter in Place. I should have lots of time on my hands? I have specifically made it a habit of viewing the county website to view our local COVID-19 statistics. At first, Confirmed Cases and number of persons being tested were displayed. That number swelled last week to six at its peak. Then it dropped to one. Finally, the number got dropped from the page altogether (to my disappointment).
As most of you probably know, we, unfortunately, have a Confirmed Case in the county. On the 27th, a letter posted on the website stated that ‘an older-aged individual with underlying health conditions and history of international travel’ was isolated at home.
My fear is that I am unable to provide the physical and emotional support that is needed in my little kingdom (the Arens’ home). Aren’t we in a situation that not many of us have much experience in? The closest thing might be the ‘Depression.’ My Dad was born in the tail end of the 1930s, his account would be one of an infant’s. Family members who would have lived through those years have passed on. Not too many people are around today to give a personal view. I’m grateful for written history!
The Girls might be the ones who are providing the needed relief from the potential suffering. The schooling three appear as not having missed a step. They enjoyed some vacation days and then got on their devices and started getting their classwork completed online. Kudos to all the teachers and staff; you are probably missing the personal contact, but you amaze me with the face to face, over the web contact during this pandemic. Also, I can’t remember the last time there has been so much laughter in the home. Their Mom is in heaven.
I invited you last week to join with us in a worldwide fast pertaining to this COVID-19. I have a testimony of fasting and of the personal blessings it has had in my life. Last Sunday was no exception. We experienced a miracle of sorts. I define fasting in the Arens’ home (with most Latter-day Saint families) has skipping two meals and neither eating nor drinking in between. In our case, we started our fast after dinner on Saturday through dinner on Sunday, so as close to 24 hours as possible. If you don’t have a purpose, you are just starving yourself. We had a five-fold purpose! The five of us did our best yet; not one complaint! Doubts were put to rest as to our ability. That was the miracle and a mighty blessing. I look forward to seeing what additional blessings are instore.
Crossing paths with people should be few and far between as we weather this storm. Remember to reach out to friends and neighbors (practicing proper social distancing recommendations) to see that all is well in their kingdoms. Get out and partake in the sun and fresh air! Remember victory gardens from days past? One of your own will add to your blessings. I wise sage reminded me; act not like you are living to avoid COVID-19, but like you have COVID-19 and will not share it.
Be smart and safe.
■ Scott Arens is a resident of Arbuckle. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org