Reba McEntire reflected on going home again and spending time on her family farm during the COVID-19 pandemic. She returned to Oklahoma in March when her mother died from cancer. McEntire stayed enjoying the seclusion of her family’s ranch and time spent together.
“The pandemic didn’t hit me as hard as it did a lot of other people because mainly I was in southeast Oklahoma,” McEntire told Sounds Like Nashville. “I was on a working cattle ranch. There was more cattle. There were more dogs than there were people at that place. Chockie, Oklahoma is little bitty and I was with family.”
Reba McEntire Enjoyed Getting in Touch with Nature
Intentionally, McEntire said she chose not to watch the news because she doesn’t want to be “depressed.” The country singer’s brother, Pake, did make the local news for playing the same card game every night for over 100 nights straight.
“I bet I’ve watched 15 minutes of the news since the pandemic hit,” McEntire said. “I watched it at Susie’s house a little bit, but that was KTEM SE Oklahoma and they were giving the farm market report and things like that, which was a nice relief and talking about good news.”
The usually busy McEntire enjoyed being able to slow down during the pandemic. She said she’s spent part of the pandemic getting in touch with nature. She even planted a garden.
“I’m getting out in nature, enjoying what God has given us. I’ve got a garden, I’ve got a horse. I’ve got a little farm that I’m just enjoying so much, the peaceful slowdown,” McEntire said. “I haven’t had this much time off since I was in high school, so it’s been a reward and a joy to me. My heart goes out to all the folks who have been sick and who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them and to anybody who is suffering and hurting with this illness. It’s not a nice illness at all. It’s hateful, but I do need to say honestly, I have enjoyed the rest. I’ve enjoyed the time off to be creative, but mainly to be still, just to be still. I’ve loved that tremendously.”
[H/T: Sounds Like Nashville]