This weekend claimed the life of a wonderful man. We had not spoken in probably ten years as divorce shifted the family and communication. In learning of his passing I find myself saddened and thinking back on only fond memories. He was a great man. He was always up for a good chat and offering wisdom. He was kind with a wonderful laugh. My heart goes out to my former family members and to all who loved him.
It is not the first life lost during this pandemic that I had some connection too. I'm grateful I have not had it hit closer to home. But at the same time the numbers are growing and I still see people fighting for their kids' right to play sports and refusing to wear masks properly in public. I just do not understand. I can only suppose that this pandemic has not yet touched close enough to their loved ones to get their attention and respect yet. I hope they stay so lucky but I hope they will join in doing every possible thing to keep our family, friends, and community safe.
This is not political. This is not a trick or a hoax. This is a pandemic. They have happened before, this one just requires a little extra effort in helping it go away. If you want to return to some sense of normal, if you want to have your kids back in school or your big events back; please just follow the guidelines. It is so simple that even my preschooler and infant can do it. First, wear a mask, yes it may be a little uncomfortable to you will get used to it and it is sure less uncomfortable than a ventilator. Second, wash your hands. Third, define your core group of ten people or less and other than seeing those people, Stay Home. Fourth, take care of each other.
I'm grateful to have a clear, science based understanding of what is happening. I'm grateful to have my husband's knowledge of pandemics. I'm grateful to see friends who are recovering from this. I'm grateful for every person who wears a mask to do their part. I'm grateful for those who are staying home as much as possible. I'm grateful for those who are working the front lines trying to help sick people get better. I'm grateful for family and all my loved ones. I'm grateful to choose family over school and outings. I'm grateful to be doing what I can to keep my community safe. I'm grateful my girls are more than willing to wear the mask on the rare occasion we do have to get out. I'm grateful to have known my former grandpa. I'm grateful for all he taught me.
How can you help to end this pandemic? What can you do to keep your loved ones and everyone's loved ones safe?
May today remind us it is more than numbers on a page. May we open our hearts to all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. And in respect, may we all do our part to keep each other safe. Thank you. Have a beautiful day!