Kindness is Contagious...
We've been living with the words social distance, coronavirus and COVID-19 for about three months now. We've seen random acts of kindness as well as random acts of violence, rage, and racism. Even though we are slowly "re-opening Massachusetts," are we still experiencing life by looking through a window? In short, we've seen both the kindness and humanity in people and the ugliness of hatred and harmful intentions.
At Sofia Ristorante, we like to think of ourselves as good neighbors. And as such, we support other local businesses. We do our part to spread the good will to our neighbors throughout the MetroWest area. As a close-knit staff, we are all united in the belief that kindness, honesty and integrity go a long way. Upon re-opening for Curbside Pickup in May, as staff members we are repeatedly told that our absence was missed, wishing us success and patrons are continuing to support our establishment. Inspiration comes easy when positive and welcoming reactions are in abundance. We feel blessed to have our doors open once again on Hudson's Main Street, where we are proud to be for almost twenty years.
At present, we can only provide Curbside Pickup. While many restaurants opened last Monday to outdoor seating, this is not an accommodation that we are unable provide at Sofia Ristorante at this time. Not all restaurants will be able to make this adjustment to their seating, so we'll see what the future holds.
The unattractive truth is that many restaurants have not been able to survive on take-out only. After the dust clears, we will find more of our restaurant brothers and sisters among the rubble. It's an unfortunate reality of our "new normal" (I really don't like to use that term, but I guess that's what it is). While those of us in the restaurant industry are competing with one another for business, at Sofia Ristorante, we never like to see any of our competitors fall. We view the other restaurants on Main Street as our neighbors, and we want everyone to be supported and survive. We should all do our best to support each other in this difficult time of transition and change.
This dangerous pandemic changes the world as we know it. We may not want things to change, but they do. If we don't adapt and accept these changes, we get left behind. It's not easy, and a small business can't offer much to heal tragedy and heartbreak.
Quite simply, we're a restaurant that provides good food and personalized service. That isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but the biggest thing we do offer while providing a service is kindness. At Sofia Ristorante, we believe in being kind to our neighbors, our friends, especially the essential workers who work behind the scenes like delivery drivers, garbage collectors, cleaning staff and occupations that I probably don't even know about - kindness is contagious. Just a smile or an "I appreciate your help, thank you" can brighten up someone's day, and we need to spread more of that around.
From where we stand in the midst of the coronavirus, our future is unknown. My heart tells me to look for a bright future. I don't know if or when there will be a vaccine. I don't know when people will stop getting infected. But I do know this. I cannot do anything about things out of my control. I can control how I feel. I can control how I interact with others. I can choose to help people. I can choose to smile at strangers as they walk by. I can choose to laugh. I can choose encouragement. I can choose to be kind. Kindness is contagious. Kindness is free. Kindness is something we can never have enough of. I choose to be kind.