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Finding the silver linings

The steady drumbeat of gloomy COVID-19 news has us looking for silver linings.

While there can be no minimizing the personal, economic and social impacts of the global pandemic, it is still possible to find things to be thankful for.

One hears stories of young parents forging a deeper connection with their children during this period of self-isolation. Instead of sending the kiddos off to school or dropping them at day care on the way to work, parents have been thrust into the roles of teacher, playmate and confidant.

Being cooped up together probably isn’t always easy, and may even be a pain at times, but kids and parents could eventually look back on this period of isolation with nostalgia. It was a time when busy lives stood still and family filled a void, when folks learned to make do with what they had.

With so few cars on Maui’s roads, there could not be a better time to tear up the streets. Isn’t it fortuitous the War Memorial Stadium parking lot project and Wailuku Town Improvement Project are both underway? All the concerns about Wailuku traffic jams and impacts to Maui Interscholastic League sports and traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been rendered moot by the coronavirus.

Already budgeted state and county projects like waterline repairs, road paving and anything else that backs up traffic and frustrates motorists should be put on the front burner. We may never have a chance like this again.

Our hearts go out to all the high school and college seniors who have been robbed of so much by COVID-19. One can only hope they find the strength and wisdom to grow from the experience. For all the disruption the virus has caused them, they won’t need to look far to find others whose lives have been impacted much worse.

We’re thankful for our essential workers and the front-line health care workers fighting the battle in the trenches. We’re thankful for the many volunteers, businesses and organizations that continue to step up to help those less fortunate find food, care and housing.

No matter how bad things get or how long this pandemic drags, there will be a day when COVID-19 is in our rearview mirror. Will that view be only of hardship and loss, or will there also be satisfaction in knowing we managed to keep our heads, to have made some “lemon-aid” out of a mountain of lemons?

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