—-John F. Kennedy
As I sit here looking out of my window for the umpteenth day in a row, I feel both blessed and frustrated. My loved ones are all being fed and sheltered as they try to weather this storm, and we are all behaving smartly when we must leave our homes. On the other hand, I have no control over a government that seems at a loss when it comes to protecting us. I have no control over people who choose to believe Rush Limbaugh over Dr. Fauci, and I certainly have no control over a relentless virus that has taken the world to its knees.
We are being told over and over that if we all socially distance, wash our hands and wear face masks then this virus will be put at abeyance until a vaccine can be produced. I do all of the above, but many people do not, and I don’t understand the conflict. While I vehemently disagree with the anti-vax movement, I understand their fears. They have been lead to believe by “professionals” that their children could be irrevocably harmed by a substance introduced into their bodies. People have feared vaccines since the 18th century, and while no conclusive proof ever appeared as to their dangers, it is difficult to unring that bell.
Wearing masks, however, seems like a no-brainer to me. I agree that they are uncomfortable, and I miss sharing smiles with passing strangers, but at this point I would try anything to be able to hug my children, get my hair cut and walk into a mall without this feeling of dread in my stomach. There is clear evidence that countries with mask compliance are faring much better than those without, but even if you don’t believe that, what is the downside of trying? Surgeons have proven that masks can be worn all day without any repercussions, and they wear masks to protect their patients.
Asking you to wear a mask has nothing to do with control, it just has to do with working as a team to vanquish an enemy. We are asked to do many things that might infringe on our “rights” for the good of all. The problem is that rights don’t stop with you. If you feel that you have the right to enter a store without a mask, then doesn’t the store owner have an equal right to choose to sell only to those in a mask? This should not be a civil war, this needs to be a united front.
Politics should have never raised its ugly head in this situation. We are not feet-stomping children who must have our own way. I do have a suggestion for anyone who wants to run with it. Make hundreds of thousands of masks that say “Ridin' with Biden” and an equal amount that say “Trump will keep America great.” Have people hand them out everywhere and watch how quickly they take on. Ugh...MAKE THIS STOP.
On a happier note I want to thank Stephanie Tullis for her guest review this week, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. This young adult historical fiction is so timely that I think I just might read it myself. With all of the time that we have while we avoid crowds, restaurants, movies, etc., reading is a great alternative. Read as much as you can...and send me a guest review or two.
This week’s book from me is a newly published one by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. Half Moon Bay, a Clay Edison Book 3 novel, is a good mystery from this top father/son team.
As always a complete review of this book follows my blog.