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Photos: A weary week in quarantine

May 10–16 in Lansing, Illinois

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (May 16, 2020) – Eight weeks into quarantine, much of Lansing was feeling some level of restlessness. Whether in the it’s-not-safe-to-open-yet or the it’s-not-safe-to-stay-closed camp, long days of mostly passive fighting against an invisible virus—and possibly achieving invisible results—made it difficult for anyone to feel confident, much less victorious. And the absence of traditional annual milestones—most notably school events—made it difficult to feel as though time had been passing at all.

But Lansing residents continued to observe regulations, mark milestones, celebrate life, and look for signs of spring throughout the week.

Sunday, May 10, was Mothers Day, and First United Methodist Church held another parking lot service. A cold rain made the day feel dreary, but people appreciated the opportunity to gather as a church family. Having started parking lot church on Easter Sunday, and repeating it on Mothers Day, FUMC hopes to continue the series on Pentecost, May 31. (Photo: Dan Bovino)
By mid-May, the dogwood blooms along Pennsy Greenway have been almost completely replaced with spring leaves. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Following the dogwoods, redbud trees along neighborhood streets take their turn with bright blooms. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Heavy thunderstorms midweek shook redbud petals out of the trees, pasting them onto the walking path. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The family of a TF South grad marks her achievement with photos and signs. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A Marian Catholic High School family uses balloons and a yard sign to celebrate their Spartan. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Teacher families also used yard signs to celebrate the amazing effort, creativity, and adaptability this year’s faculty put into helping their students succeed. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The Boy Scouts saluted “all those working to keep us safe.” (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A home in central Lansing created mock stained glass windows to encourage love and faith. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Using her driveway as the canvas, a young resident spends a cool afternoon crafting a message in chalk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Optimum Wellness (3446 Ridge Road) offers immunity-boosting tea as a response to fears about the spread of the virus. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
In order to keep up with demands for delivery, Domino’s Pizza (18401 Burnham Avenue) advertises for more drivers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.