This morning Moon and I went for a walk down in town while Melissa got started on today's flower delivery orders. Langley was nearly deserted, but I did see a few folks walking around. The few folks I talked to (from a distance!) were in good spirits, but definitely in need of a chat. This time of isolation has turned strangers into acquaintances and acquaintances into long lost friends. It was nice to talk with people outside of my homestead family for a change, even if we had to shout to be heard over the wind.
This evening Governor Inslee issued an order for all citizens to stay home except for essential business. It was a long expected order, but it still hits deep. That's the purpose of such an order; to force the seriousness of the situation to sink into even the most free-wheeling of people.
Inslee issued the order for the same reason we closed our retail storefront a week ago. We have since been doing deliveries wile taking every precaution we can. In addition to continual sanitizing of everything, Melissa and I have been spatially distanced from everyone outside of our family to keep our deliveries as safe as possible. We are confident in our ability to continue to safely deliver our product to our customers under this new order.
We have to be careful. Many of us need to stay home. The only way to keep hundreds of our neighbors and many thousands of our fellow citizens from dying from this virus is to deny this bugger new hosts. This means keeping a distance, and staying home as much as possible. The better we do this, the quicker this crisis will be over. We've taken major losses to our income. Our employees have temporarily been laid off. These sacrifices will be for naught if we don't all do our part.
And we will get through this. I have faith that this too shall pass. It will pass with the bare minimum of life lost because we are in this together. Faith is often seceded to the exclusive domain of organized religion. Faith is too big for such a narrow definition. The seed is started and the farm bed prepared on the foundation of faith in the continuation of life. I have faith that we will see this crisis to a swift end, and that we will support each other during and in the aftermath. The sweet peas will grow and flower into a glorious summer.