by Larry Martin Sr.

Part 1:

On this day in February the world has turned upside down. I never dreamed that I would wake up to this. I know we are all in this together and we will get through this together with God. It is unreal and it is like I am in a bad dream. I was crying and God asked me, “Why are you crying?” I said to God, “This coronavirus is bad. Where my wife lives they are on lockdown which means no members from family can see her because of the coronavirus. The good thing is, she can call me or I can call her. There is not a day that goes by where I am not thinking about my wife.” I had my bible with me so I opened it up to Jeremiah 33:6 “I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

The coronavirus does not care who gets it – young or old people. And if you get this virus, you will know it. When I first heard of this coronavirus in February it seemed like everybody was going to the grocery store to buy up milk, eggs, and paper products. It was like Christmas or when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. As I drove to the grocery store I had to find a parking space to park my car. I opened my door and walked towards the front of the store. I walked in the grocery store and it was packed with people. As I was walking towards the paper products, I saw the bare shelf. As people buy this stuff it makes you wonder where they are storing all of it. All I have heard is: “Wash your hands” and “distance yourself at least 6 feet away from your friends.” Gas prices have come down, but that has caused another problem: the gas nozzle. You don’t know who touched the gas nozzle last, so you have to have Lysol disinfecting wipe and surgical gloves.

You can’t be too careful with this coronavirus. This virus is not over by a long shot. It is sad that you can’t go to the beach for a day as all of the beaches are close. And you cannot eat in the Burger King or McDonald’s. All they are offering is take-out only. At Kim’s Restaurant and Sherry’s Bakery, you can call your order in, but it is take-outs only. And the banks are drive through only. Even the schools in North Carolina are closed. March Madness, Nascar, the NBA, Baseball, Hockey, and even the local churches are closed. But you can LiveStream the church services every Sunday morning.

There are young people on spring break in Clearwater, Florida. One person said, “If I get corona, I get corona.” This coronavirus is no joke. Just a little common sense will go a long way. The Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, has asked everybody to stay home. I am getting cabin fever, but I am trying my best to stay positive during this pandemic. I can write my stories.

Thank you, to all of the doctors on the front line in this crisis. They are putting their lives on the line. And yes, you can die from this coronavirus. There are so many kids who are supposed to graduate from both high school and college. All of that is on hold. After all is said and done, I know we will be stronger. Let’s continue to look to God.