Letter to the citizens of Mendocino County
May 30, 2020
Dear Mendocino County,
I respect everyone who has been taking actions over the past few months to protect their family, friends, coworkers, and the community. But protecting our health does not just end with COVID-19. There are serious negative effects of an economic shutdown and lack of social interaction on a person’s mental well being. Depression, suicide, child abuse, domestic abuse, substance abuse, etc. These sometimes permanent consequences have been researched and documented for decades.
It is for this reason that I ask for your understanding in my attempt to protect the health and well being of my family, friends, coworkers, and community. Over the past few months, this cafe has become a stronghold for many as the last remaining place of normalcy in Mendocino, something that is required to not lose the battle some people may be fighting internally. This environment is essential -- maybe not to you, but it is essential to some.
If we are all truly in this together, please consider our concerns for mental sanity and financial freedom during this unprecedented crisis. Just because our solution is different than yours doesn’t make it wrong, and it certainly should not make us criminals. I love and care for Mendocino, which is why I will not close my doors to those in this town asking me to keep them open.
I will not stop cooking meals for my community.
I will not cover my business in plexiglass and plastic tarps.
I will go to the beach with my dog.
I will hang out with my friends at the park.
I will give handshakes to strangers.
And I will never be forced to hide my smile.
I’m not asking you to agree with me, but please for goodness sake,
Do not criminalize normal human behavior.
Owner, Fiddleheads Cafe