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July 13, 2020

4/22/2020 2:05:00 PM
Young reader makes plea
Zoey Stroup
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Zoey Stroup

Dear Editor:

On, Wednesday, April 15, my mom Melinda and I went to Greenwood to pick up some food for the family and my grandma at Gordon Foods Store in Greenwood. Grandma is elderly and disabled and lives in North Vernon.

I could not believe all the people at Walmart, Target, Meijers, and the other grocery stores. They were lined up in the parking lots; you would have thought it was Black Friday.

It looked like no one was staying home like the governor and the
president had said.

No one else was wearing masks and gloves, but Mom put on hers before going inside to shop. I had to stay in the truck, so I was observing all the cars on Highway 31. It was almost bumper to bumper on both sides of the highway.

When Mom came out, I helped her load up the groceries in the car.
When we started home, it took 15 minutes just to get back on the highway. I could not believe how many cars were on the highway.

We stopped for lunch at Little Caesars Pizza and ate in the car where we could watch the traffic. We started counting cars on the highway; I counted the left lane and Mom counted the right lane. In 30 minutes, we counted a total of 445 cars.

How crazy is that, when people are supposed to be staying home.
"It was like flies coming out of the woodwork," is what my grandma has said during this troubling time of disaster.

Later, after we got home and put the food away, Mom had to go to Seymour to get our computers installed with virus protection.
She also picked up my dad, who is an essential worker at Auto Zone there.

I stayed home to write my essay and collect my thoughts about what I had seen in Greenwood. People not staying home or wearing masks and gloves is real scary, because a lot of people are going to die if no one listens to the president or the governor.

My mom said it was the same thing in Seymour.

To avoid making a special trip back to Seymour, my dad is going to pick up our computers.

"The less we get out, the better off we are," Mom said.

So, please, stay home unless you need food, medicine, animal food or personal care items.

Please, do not come to town just because you are bored. And when you do go out in public, wear masks and gloves like they are your everyday clothing.

Zoey Stroup is a seventh-grader at Jennings County Middle School and an award-winning member of a Girl Scout troop in Bartholomew County.

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