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Spotlight: Coping with COVID-19, part 1

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Christina Stock Photo Open ranchland north of Roswell on the road to Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.

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Insights and ideas on how to deal with the ‘new normal,’ living 6 feet apart and social distancing

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

No matter who you ask, the entire world is getting used to the “new normal” and — even when we hope that businesses gradually will open again soon — the social distancing and restrictions to keep everybody healthy will stay for a while. After all, we see what happens when too many people get sick at once: Factories in the north shut down because too many trained workers got sick at the same time and they can’t just be replaced by other people off the streets who have no idea what their job entails.

Today, we start a new series showing how others are coping, adapting and living in these unique times. There might be stories that inspire, lighten the burden or just entertain.

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Our area’s people are known for being tough and resilient and independent. They are the descendants of pioneers, and one day, their children’s children will look back with pride on how every family and person dealt with these challenging times. Here are their stories:

Dan Coleman

Dan Coleman is a true Roswell native, having worked all his life in the area, including at Leprino Foods cheese factory until he changed his life at the age of 30. To be able to have more time for his son, he became a real estate agent.

“Being in housing, my job is essential. However, COVID-19 changed the way we do things by moving much of my work to virtual platforms, and by limiting the size of groups when we do get together. I still get up and go to the office daily. There are about three of us who work the office 9 to 5, and others pop in and out randomly. We only allow public in by appointment,” Coleman said.

Asked how he deals with the restrictions at home, Coleman said, “There are two in my home, and we are both essential, so we each leave the house daily for work. When not at work, we cook, watch movies or TV, and hang out outside.”

Coleman said that he hasn’t changed the amount of news that he follows, but how he is keeping in touch with others. “Over Facebook, Zoom and still in person when necessary, and only in a group of five or less. I watched very little news before COVID and still very little now,” he said.

Asked what the first thing he would do when restrictions loosen up, Coleman said, “Eat in a restaurant and see a movie in a theater.”

Jeanette Main

Jeanette Main is the art teacher at Berrendo Middle School. Asked how she is dealing with the restrictions at work and home, she shared by messenger on Facebook, “Being a teacher, I ended up being home much longer than our anticipated spring break. Our Berrendo Middle School staff have been trying to get the lockers and stuff back to the students, so we have gone back to the school and helped clean out lockers and distribute their belongings — all while social distancing, of course. We are doing online meetings and lessons and communications with staff and students. I am somewhat tech savvy but this has definitely taught me so much more about our technology today. This has given me some new ideas to incorporate in the future for teaching and communicating with students.”

Asked how her time is spent at home under the stay-at-home restrictions, she said, “We have been doing a lot of movie watching and binge-watching shows we haven’t had the opportunity to see when our days are full with work and school. We have been doing lots of yard work and house cleaning and organizing. My youngest daughter and I have been trying new recipes and done more cooking together. Keeping busy and working on little projects helps us to keep from irritating each other too much.”

Many social and psychology specialists advise sticking to a routine. Main has a different system, “I’m not very good with routines,” she said. “I try, but am a little more scattered in my approach to things. This can make things difficult sometimes, but I think it also can be helpful because we are very flexible and don’t freak out if our plans get changed.”

Being an artist herself, Main does use the extra time in a creative way. “I haven’t picked up anything new, but this has given me an opportunity to pursue my love of woodworking. I’m still a beginner but I enjoy making things for our house that are pretty and useful and one of a kind. I recently have made tables, stools and other various things for home decoration,” she said.

Asked how she keeps in contact with friends and family, Main said, “I have been keeping in touch with family through phone, video and social media platforms. My oldest daughter lives in Lubbock, so we have learned to play card games and other games online. We also invite other family members so they can participate. It’s like having family game night without having to clean up the mess. That’s a bonus.”

Main and her family are paying attention to what is happening, she said. “We have been following the national and local news to keep up with the latest information. We also read the newspaper and follow the Roswell government websites to keep updated.”

Asked what her first choice is after businesses are open, Main said, “The first thing I will do when the businesses open is head to the Elks Lodge. I’m ready to see my friends there and enjoy the wonderful food, drinks and fellowship. I miss talking to and seeing everyone there.”

To be continued.

Would you like to share your routine or tips on how to cope with the restrictions? Email vision@rdrnews.com or call 575-622-7710, ext. 309. You can message us on our Facebook page, as well.