The Spring season & Easter holiday always brings a sense of hope.
Spring is beginning to emerge in all of its glory, with the grand rebirth of nature. The first flowers bloom, trees are sprouting the first tiny green leaves, & the grass awakens from its winter slumber. Birds are busy nesting, and their chirping can be heard from early mornings to late in the evening.
Easter for many people is a significant religious experience… the love of God and his Grace forever changed the world… bringing HOPE to all.
Spring of 2021 just “feels” very different from Spring 2020, which was fully immersed in the Covid pandemic.
As I recall, this time last year, our reality was very different. As a nation, we were focused on Covid, shutdowns, & finding new ways of doing business. Many businesses closed. 2020 was also spent on how to control the spread of the virus, & let’s not forget the shortages of key products. I think the list is lengthy, so I’ll not continue.
Our focus as business owners at Wilkes County Hardware last spring was on “essential business operations”.
When many states across the US shutdown spring of 2020, our state did also. Hardware stores were considered to be essential.
For a few months, curbside service was offered in order to keep our customers & employees safe. We are still offering call ahead curbside for anyone who wants it even still now.
Last spring we dealt with consistent shortages of all types of items. This was a new problem that we had never encountered as a business owners.
Store stock merchandise had always been always readily available prior to Covid. Trying to find alternatives or other venders was difficult at times AND still continues into 2021 spring season.
I will say that finding solutions to living during a pandemic did prove to be a challenge and how to manage a business during it all, felt at times, all encompassing.
HOPE kept us going.
I’ll conclude with one of my favorite quotes concerning hope. “May all your choices reflect your hopes not your fears”. Well done Nelson Mandela…