Amid all of the fear and uncertainty that has been part and parcel of the COVID-19 pandemic that has upset the lives of people throughout the state, the response to the situation locally has been fascinating to observe.

Mini-scenarios played out throughout the past week, many of them chronicled in this week’s paper. These stories are nothing short of inspiring.

Business owners continue to reinvent the way they deliver their products and services to their loyal customers, and those customers have responded by hanging in there to help them stay afloat.

Last Friday, Mary Vasquez of Mary’s Morning Mix-Up in Brookfield was truly shaken. After a couple of shaky days delivering orders and selling takeout, she shut down operations and wasn’t sure what was going to happen next.

She warily opened her doors again over the weekend, wondering if the response would be any better. On Monday night, she sent the Landmark a Facebook message expressing nothing but joy.

“Just checking in to say what an amazing community we live in !!! Everybody came out and supported me in any way they possibly could. Some bought breakfast, some just came and bought cinnamon rolls. Some people just stopped in to buy desserts. It’s unbelievable the support we have in this community. I’m proud to be in Brookfield and everybody is just so amazing. Love you all, we will all survive.”

That’s a testament to all of you out there who show support for Mary and every other local business in her situation. And business owners know how important they are to all of you.

The folks at Tischler’s and Riverside Foods know you depend on them and restock as quickly as possible, working overtime to source food and household goods for customers who don’t know when life is going to get back to normal.

In some ways the past week was something of a novelty – working from home, spending 24/7 with the family, doing your part to help local businesses. But the future remains unwritten and we don’t know exactly how long this state of affairs is going to last, or how it’s going to change.

It’s likely to last for some time, however, and the novelty of the past week surely will begin to wear thin. People are social animals. They need their work, their schools.

That’s when our local businesses, like Mary’s and Chew Chew and La Estancia and Paisan’s and dozens more will need that continued support.

We’ll get through this. What the other side of this thing looks like is impossible to say, but the spirit of cooperation and support on a local level in the past two weeks has been inspiring, and we’ll continue to rise to the occasion.

Until we can shake hands again, though, we’ll just wave from across the street.