Steve Eighinger

Hey, we're all in this together

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 24, 2020 12:01 am

Facebook often provides us entertainment, allows us to laugh at the world.

Other times, this crazy, addictive form of social media lifts us up.

Each month I like to offer my favorite Facebook posts. This month is no different, except instead of searching for knee-slappers, I searched for hope.

And I think I found it, plus a chuckle or two along the way.

Here are a handful of my favorite thoughts from the past few weeks:

"When this ends -- and it will -- every game will sell out, every restaurant will have a two-hour wait, every kid will be glad to be in school, everyone will love their job, the stock market will skyrocket, every other house will get TP'd, and we'll all embrace one another and shake hands. That's gonna be a pretty good day. Hang in there, world!"

My thought: Awesome. Just awesome.

"To all of you nurses: I want you to know we all admire and look up to you. You are awesome and you seriously hold the greatest title on earth. Thank you for everything that you do!"

My thought: I could not have said it better.

"Health care workers, grocery store employees and truck drivers are now more important than professional athletes, actors and famous musicians."

My thought: My late father was a truck driver, so this really hit home.

"Gas is finally affordable, and we have nowhere to go."

My thought: Sometimes we need a chuckle, too.

"Our cleaning lady just called and said she would be working from home and will send us instructions on what to do."

My thought: OK, maybe two.

"If the schools are closed for too long, the parents are gonna find a vaccine before the scientists."

My thought: If you are a parent, I'm sure you completely understand this.

"Remember when you asked that small business to support your fundraiser? It's time to support them. They're the life of our town."

My thought: This one should hit home with a lot of people. We cannot afford to forget about the corner grocery or that mom-and-pop restaurant down the block. We need to step up sooner than later, or they might not be able to re-open when the silver lining finally appears from this mess.

"The moment when you're worried about the elderly and realize that you ARE the elderly."

My thought: At first I laughed, Then I thought, "Wait ... I qualify for this statement."

"Everyone should take time to check on each other. See how your family, friends, and neighbors are getting along. Take some time to give a damn. It's not that hard to do. ... It only takes a phone call, and a minute to check on others."

My thought: This will all eventually end, but until it does we have to remember we are all in it together.