The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for everyone. However, people have proven they are resilient, kind, and good-humored throughout the many challenges. Here are some examples from residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
#1 People dressed in dinosaur costumes and paraded through a Bay View neighborhood to cheer people up while social distancing.
#2 A woman did forty-five acts of kindness in forty-five weeks to celebrate her 45th birthday.
#3 People decorated sidewalks, driveways, and windows with messages of hope and humor to brighten peoples' walks around the neighborhood.
#4 A pastor at a Franklin church delivered Easter baskets to children with special needs to make up for the annual egg hunt being cancelled.
#5 Milwaukee natives put together music festivals and raised money for struggling musicians and venues.
#6 Oprah Winfrey gave some hometown love to Milwaukee by donating $100,000 to two local organizations to provide COVID-19 relief.
#7 For the first time the Wisconsin Humane Society ran out of dogs and cats to adopt, as people “looking for love” during the pandemic cleaned them out.
Having grown up in the Midwest, I am familiar with this type of camaraderie. When I was a child, July 4th was a celebratory day for the whole town. There was a parade with bands marching and playing on the main street, and in the evening wonderful fireworks lit up the sky as children lit sparklers with delight.
My sense is that good neighbors are active in other areas of the country during this time, as well. Dear readers, it would be appreciated if you would share any similar experiences you've had or heard about that demonstrate potential good during these times.