As the weather warms and people are anxious to get outside, we’re elated that local events are happening and being planned in and around Valencia County.
For the past two years, we have been waiting and wondering when we’d finally be able to gather and celebrate our community and now, it’s finally happening.
We are now able to take off our masks and see one another’s smiling faces and hopefully, we might just be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel — maybe.
For the past two years, we’ve been living and working in a pandemic, we’ve been socially and physically distanced from each other, we’ve been protecting ourselves behind masks and we’ve been mourning the loss of loved ones who succumbed to the COVID-19 virus.
Thankfully, we’re able to enjoy a limited and much-needed reduction in the suffering, in the deaths and panic caused by the coronavirus. However, we need to keep in mind that pandemics come in waves, with peaks and valleys. A reduction in infections does not mean that COVID-19 is over — it means that it is going through a cycle.
While people protested, others participated in protection. It’s been a long road, and it’s still not over. We’re not sure if we’ll ever get back to “normal,” but we need to find ways to create a new normal.
In the meantime, let’s continue to be vigilant, be safe and be hopeful of our future.
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