ELGIN - Slowly but surely America is recovering. Slowly but surely the curve is flattening. As many people know, Oklahomans are resilient - May 3, 1999, May 20 and 31, 2013. These three days have seen the worst tornadoes in history and all three have come in Oklahoma. All three times Oklahomans have rallied together and rebuilt.
While COVID-19 hasn’t been devastating to property, it has been to the human spirit. It has broken us down and taken many legends. Oklahoma country legend Joe Diffie sadly passed because of this virus and he is just one of a long list. Oklahoma, and most importantly America, will recover and become strong once again. This pandemic has taken basic activities and put them in a different perspective. Going out for dinner and watching sports have been taken away. I realized the seriousness of this situation when the Oklahoma Board of Education made the decision to cancel school on campus.
These times are trying to the human spirit. Staying inside and not going out is different. There is a certain lifestyle Americans take for granted, like going out on the town and hanging out with friends. In these drastic times even churches are closed down. While America will get back to leaving the house and attending sporting events, it would be foolish to say, “We will be back to normal.” Nothing will ever go back to the way it was. Pressure creates diamonds, as tough and trying times create tough people. Americans were tough through the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and wars and the United States has always pulled through. I have always thought highly of first responders, they are now heroes. - especially in the medical field, fighting on the front line of this pandemic. This includes the firefighters and police who risk catching the virus but still have to get up and continue to serve our community every day. I will restate it once more: Oklahomans and Americans are strong. Oklahoma and America will recover. The end is hopefully near. Stay Strong!