Out and About – Week of July 13th

Dining out has become a real treat since some restrictions were lifted. The experience used to be taken for granted before Covid-19. When the restriction for dining inside was lifted, it was suggested that everyone wear a mask when entering a restaurant or a bar. Once seated, the mask could be removed. A small price to pay for the privilege of allowing someone else to prepare your food and serve it to you. I have always tried to do as I was told for fear of not being able to sit down with much discomfort.

My getting Out and About lately has been limited to the eateries here in Three Rivers. I did travel to Middlebury, Indiana recently and enjoyed a fantastic meal at a well-known restaurant. Social distancing was strictly enforced and if you needed any condiments, like salt and pepper, they were brought to you. The entire staff wore masks, so I felt very safe being there. Patrons arrived wearing masks, though I don’t know if mask-wearing was enforced. It seemed as if everyone cared about everyone else.

Locally, I’ve noticed that every restaurant enforces social distancing, but very few patrons enter wearing a mask. I think these folks feel that no one has the right to tell them what to do.

On a lighter side, here’s something you might find interesting about giggling. Young girls seem to be the best gigglers, especially if they’re in a group of two or more. Young boys, not as much. Giggling is caused by humor mostly. If someone does something funny, the natural human response is to laugh. If someone falls down by accident, and is not hurt, people around will naturally laugh. Giggling fits are more likely to occur in the presence of others, rather than when you are alone. Chronic anxiety disorders can cause giggling fits. Giggling and laughing are contagious. If you don’t believe this, try laughing over nothing at all and see how many others join you. Perhaps if we laughed more, life wouldn’t be taken so seriously.

Thomas Hobbes offered a good description of laughter when he said, “Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.”

The Farmers Market in Scidmore Park has been canceled this year due to the Corona Virus. This is a shame, because it was always a great place to go every Thursday. Fear not, because the Huss Project has come to the rescue for those who enjoy locally grown vegetables. Huss Project has carefully set up their own Farmers Market and is open Saturdays from 9 AM until 1 PM. The Farmers Market is located on the east side of the old Huss School, 1008 Eighth Street in Three Rivers.

I’m a firm believer in shopping local and supporting the local community. Take some time and take the family out to the Huss Project’s Farmers Market and load up on vegetables. The kids will love it.

I’ve learned a lot in my lifetime and continue to learn something new everyday. Here are just a couple of the things I’ve learned:

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same as making a life.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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