“Make hay while the sun shines.”

That’s one of a thousand adages that shaped my childhood and made me a bit of an anachronistic oddball among my peers at times. Though Pa’s advice to Laura at the beginning of The Long Winter actually related to making hay, the larger lesson — about making the most of every opportunity you have, while you have it before you — is the one he clearly hoped she’d embrace for life. (Given that her first novel was published when Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65, it’s safe to assume she did.)

Likewise, in 2020, COVID-19 has, in its own way, presented each of us with challenges and opportunities we could not have foreseen at the beginning of the year. Yet, that does not mean it must be a year in which we forego the experiences we value! Instead, we only must be willing to embrace the opportunities as they are presented to us.

Traditionally in the fall, several tradeshows, including the annual meetings of the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA), Association of Water Technologists (AWT) and the Water Equipment Federation (WEFTEC), are held. While most of us are still staying close to home, that does not mean we must forego these important events. Each of their host organizations are presenting virtual, interactive conventions and exhibitions. In other words, you can stay home and still attend the shows! I hope to see many of you in the “aisles” this fall, and I look forward to the time when we can meet in person once again.

Linda Becker, Associate Publisher and Editor BeckerL@bnpmedia.com