John Redding

John Redding

(Editor’s note: This column was written before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced additional restrictions on businesses Monday.)

My wife has a favorite inspirational quote that is on a plaque in our powder room and on her email signature line that is quite appropriate to our current situation. The quote reads, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

To follow this directive during the pandemic moratorium on many activities is perhaps a bit of a challenge but one that we must attempt to follow. Certainly, there is a bit of “waiting for the storm to pass” involved in our current existence but we need to find ways to “dance in the rain” until life returns to normal.

Probably the most important thing that we can do is to think about others. I do not claim to be an expert on the secrets of life but I do know that the worst thing that a person can do is to spend too much time thinking about themselves. What are some ways in which we can involve others and benefit personally from the interaction while complying with social distancing? Since this column represents the commerce of the area, my suggestions tend toward business, but I am certain that you can add some personal efforts.

One campaign underway is to support your local restaurants (Chamber members are mentioned specifically). All drive-through services at Wendy’s and McDonalds are functioning and many of the others have made special arrangements. Bull Daddy’s (414-7180), Granny Bee’s (352-2259), and Rail Yard (352-8779) have ample room to accommodate diners seated sufficiently spaced to avoid contact. These restaurants along with Babcock House (352-7532), No Butts About It (420-0154) and Gator’s Grill (277-5588) offer take out meal service. Domino’s (352-5252) and Pizza Hut (352-5096) deliver. Other restaurants provide some of these same capabilities.

The operation of the golf course at Falling River Country Club has been modified during this period to offer a safe recreational alternative. Play has been made safer by eliminating all items normally handled by multiple golfers such as trap rakes and divot repair sand receptacles. Flagsticks are to be left untouched during play. Carts and outdoor seating are periodically sanitized. Indoor dining facilities are closed with limited menu food service available through the rear window. 

At my home, some extra attention is being given to our yard and garden. We are tending to existing vegetation and planting additional areas. Coleman Farm Supply, Tractor Supply and Jamerson Building Supply offer tools, seeds and supplies to accomplish these tasks. Village Garden Greenhouse and Florist (352-5889) offers a wide variety of plants and can assist you in selecting the appropriate ones for your project.

If you have other suggestions on how we can support one another via commercially oriented activity, please communicate to me at I anticipate that I will need more column material for next week.

Finally, I would like to add a reminder that I saw on Facebook. Two generations ago our families and friends had to go to war. We are being asked to refrain from personal contact and limit our activities — we can certainly do this. Better days are ahead.

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