Not wearing a mask is a choice, just like shouting FIRE! in a crowded theater is as well. We are all free to make choices, but when we make poor choices that may harm others, we should always opt for protecting them. Simply said, wear your mask and protect the people around you. Pick your battles. Yes, we are a free country and I do believe many have pushed the envelop too far. I understand the need to push back, and we should push back. We have the freedom to do so. Some of the powers-that-be have been far too overreaching. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Lord Dalberg-Acton) But let’s use some common sense. Go to church, go to the shops, go to the beach, and live your lives. But please…be smart about it, remain considerate, and make people feel safe to be around you. Let them know you care.
When I scored a container of Clorox wipes at the grocery store yesterday, I was ecstatic! Cleaning and wiping everything are daily routines. Groceries, including the aforementioned Clorox wipes, are unloaded in the garage and wiped before handing them over to my husband to be put into the fridge or pantry. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been frightened or tense whenever I have to go out.
I’m a child of the Greatest Generation. I’m showing my age here, I know. That’s okay. And frankly I’m blessed to have made it to the ripe old age of seventy-four. My parents lived through the 1918 Flu Epidemic, The Great Depression, and World War II. I watched my mother continue throughout her life to be frugal—lessons she learned during the lean years. She never denied me anything, though, which is how my generation raised our children. Then 9/11 hit. Our lives changed forever but in a different way. There was still plenty of money to shop and plenty of things to shop for.
Now, this is our 1918 Flu Epidemic with people dying by the thousands. This is our Great Depression with people are lined up for food, as they struggle without a paycheck. As we fight against this invisible enemy, it’s our World War III.
The troops have rallied and joined the fight. They are manufacturers along with men and women who are making masks and gowns. Manning and donating food to the food banks, teenagers who are shopping for seniors, liquor industries who are making hand sanitizers and on and on troop the unsung heroes. I can’t begin to list all the folks who are stepping up. And our medical workers who brave the front lines in this battle twenty-four hours a day and who work through sadness and exhaustion, but yet celebrate the victories when patients go home.
How will this change us? There will be many lessons to be learned from today’s struggles. Monday morning quarterbacking will abound. But for now, from the Baby Boomers to the X, Y, and Z generations, I see the spirit of The Greatest Generation shine. We will win this fight and overcome because that’s what we Americans do.
Kathleen Joyce is happily married to a delightful man for more years than she ever thought possible in her twenties. She is a mother and grandmother of perfect children, and two slightly neurotic dogs. Her life has been filled with travel along smooth and sometimes bumpy roads. These roads have taken her to all four corners of this great country during her husband’s naval career. Her experiences and travel have given her rich fodder for her books. She draws on the wonderful friends she has known, and a few who are as neurotic as her dogs, when writing. If she isn’t writing, she loves digging in the dirt, reading, pottery, and sewing. She owned a home furnishings store and worked for twenty-plus years as an interior decorator. She has also lived in the middle of an avocado grove in California. Kathleen does make a scrumptious guacamole. Laughing and spending time with family and friends are important to her, as are making new friends. Kathleen’s mother introduced her to Agatha Christie when she was young, and she was hooked on whodunits. You can follow her at: Blog https://kathleenjoyce-author.com, Twitter @kathleenjoyce2a, Face Book Kathleen Joyce, Mysteries, Email KathleenJoycePTH@gmail.com
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