As the sun broke through on a calm afternoon, the parking lots at Little Rock’s Two Rivers Park were overflowing.
As hundreds took advantage of the nice weather to walk or ride bikes on the trails, Andre Watson and his 13-year-old son, Spencer, launched their boat for an afternoon of fishing, hoping it would get their minds off the global pandemic.
“We’re just getting out of the house,” Watson said. “This is an excellent time to get out on the water, different from the isolation of being in the house.”
With schools and most every non-essential business closed to help prevent the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, the Watsons have been getting a bit stir crazy. While dad has worked remotely in property management for the Food and Drug Administration, the Watson boys have been able to get out to fish lakes and ponds around the city.
“My oldest boy and Spencer, they’ve been stoved up in the house,” Watson said. “They’ve been going to the golf course, the fish hatchery, just to get out of the house.
“There’s not a lot of people out here on the water. There’s a bunch of people walking, but it doesn’t look like they’re doing the 6-feet distance. I guess everybody’s got to get some exercise.”
Knowing how the contagion can spread, Watson practiced the elbow bump greeting. He said it’s certainly appropriate to be cautious.