Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp About Dealing with Unusual Times
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
UNCERTAIN – The retired engineer was to the point.
“We’re doing fine,” he said.
He and his wife had just finished shopping for themselves and a neighbor.
“We go to Marshall twice a month,“ he said. “Paper products were gone. Can goods were less choice.”
Although he said COVID-19 has “no impact so far,” he still has issues that concern him.
“The kids live in the big city and we worry about them,” he said.
His parents, who are 86, live in a small town in Kansas.
“We had to cancel a trip,” he said. “They were supposed to visit us next week. My sister was going to drive them down.”
He was concerned that his parents did not need to be eating in restaurants or staying in a hotel on the journey. Also, his sister, a vice-president for student services, at a community college was unable to get away. She was busy trying to arrange online classes.
He appeared knowledgeable about the threat.
“Young people can carry it (COVID-19) and not know it because they don’t have symptoms,” he said.
He also said he had been “lucky” on the financial front. Before the stock market started tanking, he had pulled enough cash out to get by..
Meanwhile, the Caddo Lake the Texarkana couple fell in love with 10 years ago still calls them.
“We took our boats out,” he said. “Caddo is high. The party barge is out of the water because the lake is high, but the Giant Salvinia has moved out.”
As the President and governors talk of the pandemic and toilet paper has disappeared from store shelves, he can still take a black cup of coffee out on his porch and look at the ancient lake and think life can still be good.
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