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My husband, Jeff, and I took our dog for a walk in downtown Fenton on Saturday afternoon. And, yes, we had a plastic bag just in case our dog had to go. It was refreshing to be outdoors and we even caught a whiff of spaghetti cooking at Andiamo for take-out dinners. As we walked downtown, it was sad to see how different things were from just six weeks ago. Every business was closed. It broke my heart as well as infuriating me. I love our downtowns in Fenton, Linden and Holly, and hope that all of these businesses survive this shutdown. My group of empty-nester friends frequent most of the restaurants and shops and pray that every owner and employee has a job to go back to.

 We passed others who were out running or walking their own dogs. Everyone was cordial and either crossed the street or made sweeping detours to keep their distance.

 Everyone I know is following the rules of social distancing, wearing masks when needed, increased hand washing and shopping for just essentials. I remain concerned, however, that people need to be reminded to maintain proper hygiene. Didn’t people maintain proper hygiene already? I suppose that is a topic idea for another time.

 This pandemic has upended the lives of everyone, as we knew it.

 On Sunday, we watched a few Easter church services on TV. I Facetimed with my soon-to-be 90-year-old mom who lives just five minutes from me. We also did a video chat with our pregnant daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Fenton, and our son in Miami. We blew kisses to each other.

 As a grandma, mom, daughter, sister, and a hugger, I know I am not alone in feeling the frustration of keeping my distance. I read post after post on social media of how families are hurting. I commend all of them for doing the right thing to get through this worldwide pandemic.

 Be safe, be smart, read updates on cdc.gov for the latest on the coronavirus guidelines and let’s all get back to work sooner than later.

 Sharon Stone is the editor of the Tri-County Times. To contact her, email her at sstone@tctimes.com or call her at (810) 433-6786.

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