‘I hope it blows over’

Local residents waiting for life to return to normal

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/31/20

Elizabeth resident Melissa Thompson sat in Castle Rock’s Festival Park on March 25, enjoying a takeout cup of coffee with her daughter, Sarena Williams, while she waited for her car to get an oil …

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‘I hope it blows over’

Local residents waiting for life to return to normal

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Elizabeth resident Melissa Thompson sat in Castle Rock’s Festival Park on March 25, enjoying a takeout cup of coffee with her daughter, Sarena Williams, while she waited for her car to get an oil change.

It’s the type of activity that Williams now has more time for. Her place of work — a dog boarding facility — is temporarily closed because of COVID-19 and she is without pay. The flexibility to enjoy her hobbies, get outside, write that book she’s always wanted to, are the silver lining, Williams said.

For Thompson, the main change to life under COVID-19’s wake are the sparsely stocked grocery store shelves. Seeing her local Safeway and Walmart cleared of basics like toilet paper, canned goods, milk products, eggs and non-perishables was alarming, she said.

“Your first thought is, these are your neighbors,” Thompson said.

Thompson is less concerned about contracting the virus, noting people in their 70s and 80s are more at risk than she is.

“If I do, I do,” she said.

But she feels a little anxious about the pandemic’s effect on her retirement savings and 401(k). She hopes the stock market stabilizes soon, or she might consider going back to work in several months. The 61-year-old and her husband retired roughly one year ago.

“I hope it blows over,” she said.

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