At the beginning of 2020, I don’t think anyone would have imagined the things that we are going through right now. We are definitely in unprecedented times with the Novel Coronavirus that really hit the U.S. starting in March. I never would have imagined the following things.
- Gas is only 1.99 (though we barely use our cars to drive anywhere these days)
- You have to wait in line to get into Safeway (and all other grocery stores) to limit the amount of customers inside.
- Inside most stores (that are still open) there is tape on the floor to make sure you stand at least 6 feet apart
- All sports are cancelled (this is killing me – I don’t do reruns)
- We can’t gather in groups, definitely not more than 10, and we are asked to stay home and “social distance”
- Parks are closed down, our kids can’t even go there and play outside in this beautiful weather at the playground
- Everyone panicked and bought all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer at the stores. You couldn’t even buy paper towels for the longest time.
- Millions of people are out of jobs and many other people are still working but are risking their lives to treat those that are ill.
These are some of the things that we will never forget about this time of quarantine and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But at the same time, I think it is important to see some of the silver lining. What have you noticed that is positive about this whole experience? Whether you are in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Florence or Coolidge, I’m sure you’ve noticed some of the things I have:
- I have been able to spend a lot more time with my family.
- When we go for walks, I’m amazed how many other people are out with their families riding bikes, fishing at the local lake, or playing catch in the green belt (way more than we’ve ever seen before)
- I’ve been able to do some projects that I otherwise never would have had time for. (See picture below)
- I see a lot of beautiful sidewalk chalk art!
- I’ve been able to take some personal time and really reflect on the most important things, and where I can improve in my life.
- People are reaching out (virtually or by phone) to one another to make sure they are doing ok.
We don’t know exactly when this is going to be over, but one thing I can tell you: we live in the greatest country in the world, in the best state of Arizona, and have the most amazing communities around us, and we will get through this. It will pass, and though it has severely affected many millions of people, we will recover and become stronger because of it! Here at Peterson Family Orthodontics we are here for each of our patients, their families, and everyone in our communities of San Tan Valley and Queen Creek.
Stay safe, stay sane, and stay healthy!
Dream Big! Smile On!
Dr. Scott Peterson