A few friends on Facebook brought it to my attention that I have been a little “moody” with some of my posts here of late.
I put moody in quotation marks because I need to keep this at a PG-13 level.
I blame it on having no sports, although anyone who knows me will attest that I am pretty opinionated most of the time, regardless.
But for now, at least in today’s space, I am going to try and put a positive spin on this situation.
Saturday evening I needed to get some gas. The per-gallon price was down to $1.66 — as I type this today it’s down another six cents.
Aside from applying fuel-saver discounts and whatnot, when is the last time you have been able to fill up your tank for this price?
For the high school and college drivers, I would venture to say this is the lowest its ever been for them.
This is positive.
Now, we may not be able to drive much over the next few weeks...sorry, I said I was going to keep this positive.
Moving on...I am noticing a lot of creativity from athletes and coaches on social media. Two of my recent favorites come from my Northeast Missouri (NEMO) people.
One athlete (from a rival school I used to cover) announced his college choice from the farm. Nathan Frazee decided he is going to continue his running career at the University of Central Missouri. UCM is nicknamed the “Mules.” So Frazee posts to Twitter “Mule on Mule” as he is decked out in a UCM shirt while sitting atop, you guessed it...a mule.
Speaking of runners, I need to give a quick shout out to Gibson Southern’s Cross Epperson who has decided to will continue his academic and running career at the University of Indianapolis. According to Titans’ coach Jeremy Aydt, Epperson will be a walk-on starting this fall.
Now back to the creativity...Hattie Haerr introduced her family on Tik Tok to the Full House theme song. Me trying to describe here with words will absolutely do it no justice, so you will just have to look at it on Twitter.
I promise you, it is priceless.
So kudos to those two and everyone else who is displaying their talent on social media with all of this extra time on our hands.
And the last thing I want to mention today is all the time we are spending at home.
Now that we are summoned to spend as much time in our own dwelling as possible, I think it makes us all want to get back to our normalcy even more so.
But that may be longer than we expected.
So why not make the best of it!
Maybe there’s a coach or teacher who spends so much time working on being the best at what they do, it has taken time away from those at home.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
And with this too, there is a reason.
Make the most of this time. Be thankful you have a family at home who loves you being there a lot more than they are used to — even if after a week of this, nerves are now being struck.
If I would have sent the last part of that sentence in a text, it would have been followed with “lol” or a laughing emoji, so just know it is meant to be taken on here with some humor.
But the first part of that sentence is real as it gets. Use this time for all the good that can become of this unprecedented situation we are all facing.
And just because I don’t want to end this space on such a serious note (this was supposed to be an upbeat piece after all), I will close with this...for the record, I do not and will start a TikTok. No one wants to see my ugly mug or hear my voice which is perfectly suited for print!
Again, that would be followed up with a “lol.”
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read what I have to say.