In This Together: When it hits youJan 21, 2021 11:09AM ● By Louise R. Shaw
Every once in a while, it hits you, how much things have changed.
It hits you when you see the photo of your granddaughter waiting in line for her kindergarten class to start, standing six feet away from the other students. Each with a mask on.
It hits when you have to push the “unmute” button before anyone will hear what you’re saying.
It hits you when you’re sitting at your computer watching a ballet, dancers having been taped performing on the street instead of in a theater, their faces covered by masks that match their costumes, accompanied by a chorus singing from little squares on your monitor.
It hits you when you need to decide what to do at home another night because the restaurants aren’t safe and your friends have been exposed to someone who’s been sick.
And then you kind of get a twinge inside. A twinge because your granddaughter isn’t hugging and smiling with her little friends. And because those dancers can’t smile at their audience or hear their applause. And because you don’t have a grandchild on your lap or a friend across the table.
There has been a lot of twinging going on lately.
But those twinges over those little sacrifices are nothing compared to the punch in the gut you get when you hear of a group that picketed the home of a government official who was trying to keep them healthy by establishing safety protocols.
Or when you hear of someone getting a sickness that could kill them because someone else refused to wear a mask.
Or when you see someone walking around the grocery store without a mask, knowing they wore it to get in and their defiance is nothing short of dishonest.
There is a lot that we’ve had to adjust to, and some of us have done better than others.
Kindergarteners don’t seem to mind at all. But too many grown-ups have shown us their “doesn’t play well with others” side.
More disheartening than the response to the battle to contain the coronavirus, is the battle to restore civility in our country.
When you see a woman harass a United States Senator in an airport, for example, you get a twinge.
That kind of behavior didn’t used to be acceptable, much less something one would be so proud of they’d broadcast it online.
And when you see angry protestors attack the U.S. Capitol after being whipped to a frenzy by the president of the United States, you get a punch in the gut. And the heart.
Things have changed.
We’re the only ones who can change them back.