We are on the cusp of new leadership in America. And I, for one, am glad. These last four years have been so chaotic. I know there will be people who will want to remind me of the booming economy we USED to have. I didn't get any benefits at all from the economy. Did you? I live entirely on a fixed income so I didn't get any boosts. I did, however, tighten my belt because I feared what may come. And these past couple of weeks have born that out.
No one could have seen a pandemic coming. But we should have been prepared for it. We had a pandemic office at the federal government but something happened to it. And we were just simply not ready to help Americans get through it. We didn't have enough masks. We didn't have enough hospital beds. We didn't have enough healthcare workers. And we have lost almost 400,000 Americans. My heart goes out to those 400,000 families and friends. I have (so far) been lucky that I have not lost a loved one to this horrible virus.
How has your town or city handled the pandemic? Mine hasn't taken it seriously at all. And we appeared on a list of the 10 worst cities in America back in December. (worst for the number of cases we had) We are a pretty small community compared to New York City but we have been devastated by the virus. Our small (<100 bed) hospital was overwhelmed for a bit. Our health care workers are exhausted and many have had to suffer with the virus too. Our county commission had a temporary member (an anesthesiologist, no less) on the board that just didn't believe the virus was real. So he refused to get on board with encouraging simple things like mask wearing, social distancing, etc. He went as far as to suggest we use essential oils to ward of the virus he didn't believe existed. Oh my! No wonder we were a hot spot. And I love my essential oils!!
I will hold my breath as this new administration gets started. I pray they will get partisan help. I want to see the United States of America to really be the great country it can be. We will all need to do our part. It is time to become UNITED. Because if we remain divided I am afraid our democracy will fail and fall. On you onboard?