Thanksgiving Musings 2020

Uncomfortable. Challenging. Scary. Uncertain.

These aren’t normally the words used to describe Thanksgiving, but the pandemic has turned the world on its head and it seems nothing will ever be “normal” again. Personally, things are not going as well as I might like! I am in the midst of an extended search for work (long story) which has caused a considerable amount of stress and financial worry. My youngest son and family have all been exposed to COVID-19 and are awaiting test results. Some dear friends have lost relatives or are waiting for their loved ones to recover. Writing, my one true joy, has been spotty and difficult during all this turmoil.

Still, I am thankful for so very much! I have what I need, most of my large family is doing well, I’m still healthy, and slowly but surely, the book I’m working on is coming together. As always, God has been good to me, prompting a heightened awareness of my many blessings. I do not know your circumstances, but I hope you will take a moment to look for the good and give thanks. And please, take the recommended precautions to keep your self and others safe!






2 responses to “Thanksgiving Musings 2020”

  1. H.R.R. Gorman Avatar

    I’ve been relatively sheltered from the effects of the pandemic. My job is in Pharma, which is doing *so well* it’s pretty scary. I guess medicine is important for everyone, though, so it’s probably a good thing we haven’t stopped. If it’s available for you, maybe look for Pharma companies since that’d be relatively secure.

    North Carolina, despite being in the South, is doing pretty OK with the pandemic. My county is considered lower risk (but that’s kind of meaningless nowadays), and as far as I know none of my family have had it. My friend in Amsterdam had it and was pretty sick, but she never had to be hospitalized. The worst part is how all the super elderly, such as my grandparents and my husband’s grandmother, are pretty much imprisoned by the virus. There’s nothing we can do about it, either, unless we want the most vulnerable exposed. Even if our own grandparents could make it through, retirement communities have gotten destroyed by this virus, and I would hate to be the person who let it into a facility that had otherwise been spared so far (it’s really lucky they’ve been this safe).

  2. Alexander Elliott Avatar
    Alexander Elliott

    Good to hear from you! I’m glad you and yours are safe and healthy for now. The whole nursing home/retirement village fiasco is scary and horrible. Our most vulnerable population are sitting ducks and then they end up dying alone without their family close by. Several of my siblings or their spouses have serous health risks and are basically prisoners in their own homes. It simply isn’t safe to venture out. I myself do not have any health insurance and would be ruined if I got sick right now. So glad I have my writing to keep me somewhat sane during these awful days. Remain diligent and stay safe, my friend!

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