That's Life - April 15, 2020

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter. It would have been nice to have a few more family member around our dining room table but, like they say, “We’re all in this together.”

In the last week we’ve seen lots and lots of robins return. We’ve seen gophers skip across the roads. The geese are flying north once again and a big “blue bottle’ fly landed on the west wall of White and Company on a sunny afternoon.

“Big deal”, you say. Well let me tell you, after sitting inside all day catching up on the latest COVID-19 statistics, these events were a welcome “big deal” to me. Any form of normality has become a “big deal”.

Another very big deal is the importance of keeping our business communities alive.

Only a few months ago Three Hills had very little, if any, retail or office space left on Main Street. Since the order came down for closure of non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cash flow has all but come to a screaming halt.

Even though we are weeks away from a peak of COVID-19 cases in Alberta we are easily months away from being given the green light to return to some form of new normal.

How long can a renter keep paying for their retail or office space with no income? I’m afraid we’re going to find out. That ugly reality will be made quite clear very, very soon. I can’t even image what businesses are facing in the city malls.

But right now we have to worry about what’s happening right here.

Our business people are doing everything they possibly can to serve our needs.

Three Hills IGA is one of many businesses that has done a remarkable job for the people of this region. We couldn’t add IGA to our business story because any comments had to come straight from Sobeys. Well, Justin and his staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty and continue to do an amazing job of keeping us safe, keeping the staff safe and providing us with all of our grocery needs.

I have been witness to some of the rude customers who think they are smarter than the rest of the world and don’t want to sanitize.

As I was leaving with my groceries the other day I overheard a man at the hand-washing station. He yelled, “This is the stupidest thing I ever seen.” He then turned on one of the young female clerks and yelled, “I guess I just made your day...eh?”

I don’t know who he was but I hope he found his way home safely and I sincerely hope he can’t find his way back.

That’s Life.