This virus is bringing out the best in human nature

By Kathy Rowe

Is it just me or does anyone else feel as though they are caught in an episode of The Twilight Zone? The situation we are finding ourselves in is foreign to us. Days seem slow and most of the time we don’t even know what day it is! As I walk through our community daily I think about the health of our residents. My hope is that our community will be spared the wrath of COVID-19 and that we will soon be able to put this all behind us.

June Events

As you can guess, the Highland Creek Heritage Day festival and the Waterfront Festival have both been cancelled. The status of the July summer concert series is not known at this time.


You can look at this in two ways. Is the time we now have on our hands a curse? Or is it a gift? Is that glass half empty? Or is it half full?  We need to ask ourselves how we can make use of our time while we wait this thing out.

Only a few weeks ago I was pining for more time so that I could organize our basement or wash the insides of my kitchen cupboards. I have followed through on the latter, more or less. The thing is the distraction of this pandemic is immense and it is robbing me of motivation. This is what a crisis does. So we watch our politicians speak, we read everything we can get our hands on, we do what we are told and we wait. 

The strange thing is that for all the wrong reasons this virus is actually bringing about some positive facts. We are told that our air is cleaner, there are fewer car accidents, we are getting more proficient with our computers and people are outside enjoying nature more.

Even more important, in the majority of cases this crisis is bringing out the best in human nature. Every day people are demonstrating care, generosity and support for our vulnerable neighbours and our hard-working front-line workers. That’s what we need to focus on right now. This issue of Centennial News highlights the positive. Please read on and find out what your community is doing to make lemonade from lemons.

Keep well everyone.  Hang in there.