A useful message in these times


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This article was published 16/10/2020 (708 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Be local, be kind, be clean and be brazen.

Sound familiar? 

Perhaps that’s because you have seen the intriguing sign in front of Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery on Pembina Highway. Sure it may be a plug for the establishment but it’s also a simple and yet powerful message. It’s a good reminder of how we should be holding out as we live through the COVID-19 experience.

Photo by Debbie Ristimaki The sign outside Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery may be a plug for the restaurant but it also offers good advice.

Why do we need a reminder?

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of lineups. My hands are dry, flaky and burn when applying hand sanitizer, which I have come to detest. I hate the smell and hate the ‘slimy’ feel of many brands.

I can’t stand wearing a face mask and have yet to find one that is comfortable.

I am frustrated that everything we do has to be thought out and planned to the nth degree and I am tired. Plain and simple. 

So, back to the question — why do we need a reminder?

I know I’m not alone in the way that I feel about our current reality and I know that we are all dealing with it differently. I may be tired, sore, and frustrated but I am not angry, like many.

I completely understand the need for safety protocols and do my best to adhere to them. I live in a community and as such, must do my part just as one would expect others to do.

And yet, that is not always the case.

There are signs everywhere asking you to follow the protocols. Many retailers have someone at the door directing you to apply hand sanitizer and others have you read signs before entering, just in case you were newly arrived from a different galaxy and were unaware of life on planet earth in 2020.

Then, there are the angry folks. Those who choose to ignore protocols and are very vocal in their anger. They are aggressive and take it out on those doing their best to get both themselves and us through the pandemic.

That is why we need a reminder. We need our local businesses. We need to support one another and yes, we need to wash our hands.  As for being brazen, well that’s about staying strong and having the courage to keep going.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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