All in the Same Boat: Happy Memorial Day

Greetings from Nantucket. We often say that, on Nantucket, we are all in the same boat. This has never felt more true than during the past three months. Islanders, with clear guidance from Nantucket Cottage Hospital, followed directions to stay at home, wash our hands and practice social distancing. We looked after one another. When the hospital put the word out in mid-March that they needed more personal protective equipment for health care workers, the community responded quickly and generously. Community members, both summer and year-round, have taken out their sewing machines to make thousands of masks. Some locals have set up networks to help those that are housebound get their groceries, medications and mail. Nantucketers have generously supported local COVID-19 relief efforts, including the Nantucket Food Pantry, for our friends and fellow islanders. People and small businesses, many of them hurting, have continued to stay open for curbside delivery and donated food to workers on the front lines of the pandemic. This is the kind of community one wants to live in at a time like this and we are grateful. With the advent of spring, a little late but finally here, we are looking forward to getting outside more and to calmer waters ahead.  Happy Memorial Day weekend.