OPINION

Campbelltown Matters with Greg Warren: The simple things we have missed

COFFEE: Greg Warren at Setas café with the owner Seta Berbari. Picture: Supplied.
COFFEE: Greg Warren at Setas café with the owner Seta Berbari. Picture: Supplied.

It's been an age since we have been able to enjoy a coffee in a mug at Seta's café or a beer in a schooner glass at The Bradbury.

They might be simple things, but I certainly have missed them over the past four months.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we should not take the simple things in life for granted because one day, they can be taken away from you in the blink of an eye.

It's not just the actual activity of sipping on a long black or a cold one that I missed.

The staff, the atmosphere, the fellow patrons - I really have missed it all.

While we all celebrate being able to get out and about again, we also cannot forget about those who have been left emotionally and financially broken due to the pandemic.

The need to assist and support those people has not disappeared - nor will it for a long time.

The impacts of the lockdowns and restrictions will be felt for a long, long time and that is why it is imperative policies and procedures are put in place to help get everyone back on their feet.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of any community - and that is no exception here in Campbelltown.

Many small businesses have been forced to shut up shop or have barely kept their heads above water over the past two years.

We know when small businesses suffer, we all suffer.

So please bear that in mind while you are out and about over the coming weeks and months enjoying a coffee at an actual café or a beer in a schooner glass at an actual pub.