Living in these confusing and dangerous times, we all need heroes. This morning I discovered mine. I wrote a series of blog posts about how life is shaping up in the New Normal. In many of these blogs, I’ve talked about the army of yellow-jacketed construction guys who invaded my neighborhood. They were a constant presence when we were on lockdown. I even developed a conspiracy theory they were sent to drive the folks in my hood crazy while we sheltered in place. The siege of the yellow-jacketed army ended this morning when my New Normal heroes pulled up in front of my house armed with a bucket truck.
When Rooster and I returned from Noblesville Antiques on the Square, we discovered our street sign knocked down and an electricity outage. Luckily, before we got home, the power was restored. Every day a stream of heavy equipment flows past our house. The yellow-jacketed guys are everywhere. That all ended this morning when the New Normal Heroes showed up to do their job.
Four guys from city maintenance took up position in front of our house. Their only weapon of defense, a bucket truck. They lifted our street sign into the air like Marines raising the flag on Iwa Jima. It didn’t matter that one of the guys was dressed in a pink bunny suit; their act of bravery drove the yellow-jacketed arm across town to bother other people.
New Normal Heroes on the job
What we all need in this phony-baloney world of the new normal are more true heroes. With the pandemic, the crazy politics, and new dangers around every corner, we need to find a safe harbor. The guys from city maintenance will always remain my New Normal heroes, even if there was a degree of holiday confusion among the crew. (At least the guy in the pink bunny suit looked warm.) They returned our block to a place of near normalcy when they lifted the street sign. Maybe there is a chance of peace on earth and goodwill toward man. The possibility good things are coming our way in 2021 might become a reality if we have enough New Normal Heroes on the job.
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Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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