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We will get through this like before

The coronavirus is frightening, but back in 1944 the free world faced another frightening crisis with the world at war.

During that decade many of America’s young men and women were putting their lives on the line to save the world from evil. Imagine the sleepless nights their loved ones at home spent in worry. Isn’t that a lot like what we now face with the virus? Sleepless nights and some fear.

The 1940s were a different generation and in 1940 Johnny Mercer wrote a song that proposed an optimistic way to get through the crisis. The song’s lyrics seem to offer good advice even decades later. Mercer’s lyrics come straight to the point:

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative, and don’t mess with Mr. In between…” That is good advice and I will try to be positive even when life hits me a hard blow. My wife Barb and I plan to get through this together.

Our first goal was to find activities we can enjoy without infecting others, or getting infected ourselves. Walking seemed to be a good activity and easy to do.

We are lucky to live in a lake community with a road that circles the complete lake, but there are other communities with safe places to walk. We are not young anymore so a complete circle would be too much at first so we set up a reasonable distance of a half mile. That meant a trip out and then back would equal a full mile.

We made our first trip on one of the rare days with no rain. But it was a bittersweet walk as there were just the two of us. For 13 years, Scooter our special Mountain Cur dog not only accompanied us, but she was the one who always encouraged us to go.

It’s only been a couple weeks since we had to make the decision all dog lovers hate. Scooter’s health had deteriorated until we had to end her suffering. It was tough but had to be done for her sake. She is missed, but we will let her memory keep on encouraging us to walk.

Even with heavy hearts we accentuated the positive and the walk was cathartic. The sun was shining and the birds sang.

Other walkers on the trail seemed to be enjoying the bright sunny day too. And I’m sure they also hoped that the bright sunshine killed some of the virus, but even if it did not the walk helped make everyone’s leg muscles stronger after not being used during a long winter.

Of course fishing is also a great way to pass time, and maybe add fish fillets to the menu. My fishing was not too productive and casting jigs from the dock caught only one perch.

I did see one fishing boat catching a few crappies from our cove, and I hope those two anglers were separated enough to be protected from the virus.

Boat separation is necessary and easy to figure out if you know the length of your boat. A 16-foot boat means that with one angler in the stern and one in the bow you should be well separated, however if someone needs the net the two anglers could get too close for comfort, or safety. It is just something to keep in mind.

Our 18-foot pontoon boat, the Barbie J still sits safe on her trailer and it might be May before she is launched. I need help to get her uncovered and in the water and I will not risk having a friend near me until at least the new April 30 guidelines expire. I guess that puts launching off until 30 days after April Fools’ Day. How appropriate is that?

I know for sure that we do not plan to be foolish. We will fish from the dock, go for walks or even clean up the backyard so it can be mowed.

Everyone will be glad when the isolation ends. As we all await that day let’s “Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative.” America and the world will get though this. Just have faith.

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