People have been finding creative ways get through each day with some semblance of normalcy ever since the coronavirus turned the world upside down.
Pockets of community creativity from decorated windows to drawings on driveways to Christmas lights up in April have been appearing in neighborhoods in Owensboro.
At Plantation Pointe, a student at Daviess County High School has put up Christmas lights at his mom’s house after his spring break was canceled because of the coronavirus. Carter Hoagland’s mother suggested he put up the lights after seeing on social media that other people had done it.
“I go all out every year during Christmas,” Hoagland said. “My parents said that I should put them up just to make everyone happy because people always drive by and tell me how happy it makes them when they see my lights.”
Hoagland, 17, said he has been putting up Christmas lights for his parents and neighbors for the past eight years.
In another neighborhood, Sheryl Beasley Edge and members of Keller Williams Elite Realty in Owensboro encouraged family and friends to chalk up their driveways and sidewalks with positive vibes.
“We’re always looking for ways to make a positive impact on the community, and it seemed like a great idea to help people get outside,” Edge said. “(We were) imagining all the smiles of those walking and running and biking, everyone out and about.”
The group is even delivering chalk to those who need some and are organizing a drawing for the best driveway artwork.
In other parts of Owensboro, people are painting their windows as a sign of support and a way to pass the time.
Jodi McCarty and her 8-year-old daughter spent the day painting a rainbow on their home window after they saw a post about it on social media.
“We love rainbows. I have a rainbow baby,” McCarty said. “So it has a special meaning for us. So when I saw the rainbow, I definitely wanted to put one in the window.”
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