Keep Your Distance But Help Others

After hearing about people hoarding toilet paper and other essentials in response to the Corona virus’s threat, I thought surely this wouldn’t happen here in Sheridan, Wyoming, where people seem to care about one another. Evidently, I was wrong. On Monday afternoon, when my groceries were delivered from Albertson’s, I had no milk, bananas, or lettuce salad mix. I was told these items weren’t available. It’s so sad that so many people are so selfish.

If you have extra supplies, please ask friends and neighbors, especially those unable to get out, if they need anything you can give them. If they need something you don’t have, you could offer to shop for them. I know social distancing is recommended during this time. But if you know a person isn’t sick, there’s nothing wrong with helping. Just be sure to wash your hands afterward.

The next time you go to the grocery store, please don’t buy more than you need. Since there’s no official word stores will be closing, you don’t have to stockpile. Think how you would feel if you couldn’t find a specific item you needed. Thanks to blogger Carol Farnsworth for inspiring this post, and thank you for reading and following my advice.


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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.


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I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

9 thoughts on “Keep Your Distance But Help Others”

      1. Hi, you’re welcome.

        I got a notification from my Amazon prime automatic shipping saying that the coffee I have on auto ship is being stopped until further notice.

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  1. Hi Abbie.
    I don’t think people are over-buying out of selfishness, but rather fear.
    Local stores aren’t necessarily closing, but manufacturers are, and just today Amazon announced they would only be taking certain items into their wear-houses, and that people would only be able to purchase certain items and that’s where the fear comes from.
    So, while your advice is good, the reasons for giving it aren’t exactly correct.


  2. Patty, I’m sorry you don’t have access to coffee right now. I can only hope I’ll be able to get Dr. Pepper next week. Who knows?

    By the way, I heard that some people who hoard stuff sell it on the black market just so they can make a profit. This is also wrong.

    Yesterday, after hearing that our local transit service was offering deliveries from Walmart, I downloaded the app and tried to order the few items that were missing from my Albertson’s delivery and a couple more items I could have used. When I discovered there was a $30.00 minimum, and my total was only about $11,00, I was tempted to rack that up by stockpiling Dr. Pepper and other items I didn’t need at the moment but decided against that. I can get by until my next grocery delivery from Albertson’s on Monday. There are worse things a person could be without.


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