Lonely Holidays

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we’re probably all feeling the stress – the normal holiday stress mashed with the 2020 stress. Is it safe to travel? Should we even be considering inviting people over? For some of us it’s hard to decipher because we haven’t experienced the effects of covid. I believe that’s where the myth part of covid comes from. We’ve never seen it take over our lives and we’ve never seen someone get affected by it or die from it. So why should we put our lives and holidays on pause for something that seems so certain to never affect us? It seems so far away, like it affects some people but surely not us.

My family has always had small personal celebrations. We’ve never gone out of our way to invite tons of people. I can’t even recall a time we’ve traveled for a holiday. It’s always just been our immediate family. So I personally am not concerned about covid through the holidays. My only concern is getting sick, bringing it home, and then potentially infecting my parents and the people around us.

Some families I know are worried about visiting grandparents and uncles and aunts and cousins. Large gatherings are a breeding place for the virus. A virus that some of us have never experienced or even seen the affects of.

A local veterinarian in my town had his wife die from covid. That’s the extent of what I’ve experienced with the virus. But just because that’s the only deadly outcome I’ve seen doesn’t mean I should just write it off. Just because we’re not affected by something doesn’t mean we should ignore the hurt a situation causes many others.

I understand that many of us are frustrated this time of year. College students are unsure of going home, grandparents are unsure of whether they’ll get to see their kids and grandkids this year. Parties are put on pause. With all the turmoil this year has produced couldn’t we use a little bit of peace?

That’s what the holidays should always bring. Peace, family, love, and hope. Let’s not forget that. I’d like to encourage you to take a deep breath. It will all work out. We’ll get to be together again someday, mask-free, virus-free. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Stay strong. Happy Thanksgiving.

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