The past few months have definitely knocked the wind out of our collective sails, don’t you think? From the very beginning we exchanged our fears and worries. We talked about the what ifs and the maybes that this pandemic might bring about. I think many of us thought we’d give it a couple of weeks and everything would go back to normal. The days turned into weeks and while we stayed socially distanced, the Black Lives Matter movement erupted bigger than ever before. I think it’s safe to say it’s been hard for all of us to navigate the waters.
As a small business owner and mother, I know not going it alone. We are in this together. We live in a great community and the relationships between the people who live here and the businesses that call Westboro Village home continue to thrive – we’re finding new ways of doing business and, from all accounts, it is working. Shopping online, curbside pick-up and deliveries seem to now be part and parcel of many retail spaces. Online fitness programs, Zoom appointments with professionals and expanded patios connect us even more.
I hope as we move forward, we continue to do it together. We all have a say – that’s what makes a community. It’s a shared sense of responsibility and inclusion. And a bit of kindness, too.
Molly Van der Schee
The Village Quire
Chair, Westboro Village BIA