It's now been about four months since the Covid-19 pandemic really became a serious issue in our country. At first, many of us were confused as to just what is going on. This only happens in the movies. Well, welcome to the reality of it all.

Over these past four months, we've learned so much about the coronavirus, and how it's affecting people around the world. Some countries are dealing with it better than others. And the different theories about it are endless. From it's as real as science is telling us to it's all a hoax and will just disappear soon, have been the topic of discussion everywhere you turn.

I have seen some nasty back and forth conversations on social media about the coronavirus, and as with most heated discussions, neither side is not going to convince the other of changing their opinion as the back and forth responses continue and get more angry with each post.

It makes me sad to see the country angrily divided between beliefs of this pandemic. But I also see a lot of good things coming out of this pandemic. Some of the ways people have adapted to social distancing, being creative and overcoming obstacles is uplifting.

While we all may have our difference of opinions, I think people are still as compassionate and helpful as they've always been. One example of that, I observed today. While stopped at an intersection on Main Street in Binghamton, when the light turned green, the car closest to the traffic signal did not move. My initial reaction was the driver was distracted by something and not paying attention.

Then, all of a sudden, the driver got out of his car, and started pushing it to get past the intersection and off the road. It was then obvious to me that his start had broken down at the intersection, It's our worst nightmare. Been there, done that. How he had the strength to begin pushing and moving his car, I have no clue. But the real kicker to this story is, the person in the car between disabled car and mine, put on his four-way blinkers, jumped out and helped push the car to the side of the road.

I was so impressed, and it reminded me that in the midst of all that is making us angry, there is still compassion and the desire to help a person in need. That person didn't hesitate to assist, and once he got back to his car, the traffic signal turned red again. But you know what? I wasn't upset at all. Waiting for the next green light would be just fine, because I saw something great that I haven't seen in a long time.

So, to whoever that helpful person is, I thank you for reminding me that there is still a lot of good in the world.

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