How lucky we are to live in Maryville. Since we’re in the high-risk group for the virus, we stay home all we can. Even though we stocked up a lot before our good Maryville Public Library closed, after a few weeks we had read all of those books and were rereading our own library at home for a couple of weeks before the library reopened. While nothing beats browsing the shelves myself, we need to stay away, so we give a big thank you to all of the helpful library staff who have delivered books to the trunk of my car and smiled while I waved my thanks.
Tom loves getting curbside pickup from A&G, so we can enjoy some good meals that I don’t have to cook. And he has picked up food from Gray’s frequently, too, as well as going through McDonald’s and DQ drive-throughs. I’ve even learned how to order and pickup groceries, so I don’t need to go inside. Recently I needed printer ink for the printer I got from Rapid Elite a few years ago. I called and explained and the helpful young woman was so helpful in finding what I’d bought before, taking my credit card number, and then bringing them out to my car when I called that I was outside. I’ve also gotten to-my-trunk delivery from the Plant House, though I regret not being able to go in and really look around and buy as I’ve done every year until now. Meyer Auto was helpful when I needed my car’s oil changed—they came to get the car, serviced it, and brought it back and parked it in the garage. Great service.
I’ve had a need for our doctors, nurses, and hospital lately, too, and I appreciate all they do to try to keep the patients safe. All the folks who have talked me through my recent tests were so good at explaining and cheering me on, and I appreciate everyone I encountered there for continuing to work through this uncertain time. I try to be sure to thank everyone for working each time I have a personal encounter. As I saw on the computer screen at the hospital several times (aimed at their employees) it is good to remember to BE KIND. We are all in this together.
– Melissa and Tom Middleswart