Give up one gathering out of respect
After over 30 years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, this year I canceled. As a retired medical technologist, and parent of an emergency room nurse, I have too much respect for front-line healthcare workers. They are exhausted professionals who continue to care for patients while too frequently given inadequate PPE, compensation, or support.
I have too much respect for all the educators who have been valiantly teaching in person, remotely or hybrid, with too little pay, inadequate public concern for their safety, and little public understanding of the their untenable workload.
I have too much respect for firefighters and law enforcement. I have too much respect for workers that keep our food supply chain functioning and deliveries on time. I have too much respect for small business owners forced to adapt to ever-changing mandates and guidelines while fully comprehending their businesses cannot fully recover or maybe even survive until the pandemic is controlled. I have too much respect for the elderly, who have endured months of isolation and been forced to forgo visiting with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The exhaustion, health and safety of essential workers, small business owners and the elderly are being ignored by a public that is too willing to put their own wants before the needs of fellow citizens.
All of us need to examine the consequences of our actions. It’s time we give those who give their all the respect they deserve. We can do that by giving up a large Thanksgiving dinner for one year.
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