Dear Washington Residents:
I have always been an optimist, and these past several weeks have given me no reason to change. These are obviously trying times, but there are many things we can do to weather this storm together and perhaps even see things that should be viewed in a positive light.
The question can be asked, what has changed? What has changed is how we socialize. Instead of face-to- face interactions, perhaps reach out to friends and loved ones via zoom, a phone call, or a text. What has changed is the level of attention paid to everyday tasks, such as shopping habits and social gatherings. As a result of these changes, there are many positives. We no longer take for granted so many things in our lives. We give more thought to family, friends, and neighbors. We have a greater appreciation for a walk in Steep Rock or a takeout meal from any of our great restaurants and eateries.
What has not changed? We as a community have not changed. I continue to see examples every hour of every day of the special qualities of Washington. People reaching out to volunteer and help their neighbors, our first responders meeting two and three times a week with my office to keep me updated on their unwavering commitment to the townspeople, and our residents continuing to be cooperative in practicing the protocols we have put in place to get through this crisis. What has not changed is imagination and ingenuity. I have marveled at how our schools in town, both public and private, have adapted to such an unprecedented event. The leaders, faculty, and staff have moved mountains to not only ensure the safety of their students but also implement a method of educating now known as “Distance Learning”.
It is appropriate in closing to give thanks. Thanks to all town employees who continue to keep things running smoothly. Thanks to all of our first responders who refuse to retreat but rather adapt and adjust. Thanks to all of our businesses and their employees for continuing to offer vital services in these uncertain times. Thanks to all for ensuring that Washington remains a community throughout this crisis; continuing to make sure that we look out for one another.
For all updates from the First Selectman, visit the Town of Washington municipal website.