"Patience," our parents professed. "All good things come to those who wait." And, with time and maturity, didn’t those words ring true?


Patience is what we need now as we debate when is the right time Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order should be lifted, and we can open our retail stores, churches and non-essential businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


That decision, as the governor proclaims, must be based on science, medicine and health edicts. It should not be determined by judges ruling on lawsuits brought upon by politicians.


Pritzker’s original order was to run from March 21 through April 7. He later extended the order through April 30. And last week he extended the order through May 30.


We listen to the reports from Winnebago County Health Department officials. These aren’t the bombast of the president, or the scoldings of the governor. These county health department reports come from medical professionals who see the cost of COVID-19 firsthand. They are reporting the numbers that come from the front-line doctors and nurses treating the victims. In some cases, these professionals know personally the people who are sick or who have died.


So, let’s be patient, safe and smart.


In the end, it won’t be the president, the governor, a judge or state’s attorney telling us when it’s the right time to go about our business. As our parents once prompted us to leave the nest, it will happen when it's safe and we're confident.