Let me preface this post by saying this: I am feeling a bit feisty right now. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, and so I haven’t been able to go running yet today. Therefore, I attribute tonight’s sassiness to my inability to let off some steam, due to the inclement weather. Please proceed with caution.
So. Here we are. We are exactly two weeks out from Thanksgiving, and like the ultimate party poopers they are, the CDC is ringing in some early holiday cheer by issuing their “COVID19 Holiday Guidelines.“
Which, as a New Yorker under
Dictator Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s regime administration, I should be used to oppressive infringements on my civil liberties. I mean, just this week, Cuomo mandated that – to slow the spread of COVID — all bars, restaurants and gyms must close at 10pm, AND all private gatherings at private residences may not exceed 10 people. Yeah — so there’s that.
But back to the CDC. Their guidelines….it’s as if they went and punctured each and every balloon in the non-existant Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with a needle overnight, and we’re all waking up in the morning to a pathetic, droopy Snoopy and pals.
Allow me to just…share a few of these “helpful precautions.”
First – they encourage having a virtual dinner and “sharing recipes” rather than sharing quality time, in-person.
They flat out say that if you are at high risk of contracting COVID (i.e., if you’re older, or have a compromised immune system) that you should avoid in-person gatherings at all costs.
If you must get together, limit the number of households attending; have dinner outside if possible; no singing or shouting; wear a masks at all times; and stay two arms lengths apart.
And oh yeah — bring your own food, AND NO ALCOHOL. (This is because it will obviously impeded your ability to follow social distancing measures.)
OK, so let me get this straight: I can either go to a Thanksgiving recipe swap via Zoom, where I can get tipsy and sing Christmas carols solo, sans-mask until I’m blue in the face; or I can freeze to death at a small, outdoor gathering where I bring my own food, stay six feet away from my loved ones, and be stone cold sober with a mask on for the entire night…and then quarantine for 14 days.
I mean, does anyone else feel like they’re in a straight jacket?
Now look, I am in no way, shape or form diminishing the severity of COVID19, or making light of taking proper precautions, like wearing a mask or social distancing — things that we should all absolutely be doing.
But with your family on Thanksgiving? It just feels like we’re encroaching on hallowed ground. I mean, it was one thing to “cancel” Halloween…but Thanksgiving? That just seems like cruel and unusual punishment!
And frankly, it just seems like such hypocrisy. Where was the outcry on Saturday when thousands poured onto the streets to celebrate the media’s calling Biden as President elect? Or the tens of thousands who took to the streets to protest this summer? — How come not an eyelash was batted? And yet, now, they’re telling me I can’t even eat my Aunt Trudy’s green bean casserole, or have a glass of wine with dinner because it poses too much of a COVID risk?
It just doesn’t seem to quite add up, if you ask me.
But I digress. That’s not the point of this post.
These guidelines, not only do they put an incredibly heavy damper on Thanksgiving, but they put us in a real predicament, too.
What are we to do? Seriously?
Are we to stay holed up and honest to God do a Virtual Thanksgiving Recipe Swap over Zoom? Must we seriously stay away from family and loved ones out of fear?
I’m truthfully asking. Because though I joke about the guidelines and strict precautions we’re taking, the truth of the matter is that they’re there for good reason.
And though, yes, I just purchased a plane ticket to go home for Thanksgiving, the fact is, I’m scared to death that I’m going to pick up COVID on the plane ride there, and God forbid transfer it to my parents! I mean, you’re talking to the girl who stayed holed up in NYC and didn’t see her family for nine months for fear of getting COVID on an airplane!
So believe me, I know the fear is real!
But again, it just makes me question, what is it that God is trying to teach us through all of this?
We’re restricted from attending in-person worship services. We’ve been isolated from family and loved ones since March, living in fear of this invisible predator that could “get us” if we come within six feet of another person, causing us to mistrust and be suspicious of our neighbors and fellow humans. And now, we’re being told we shouldn’t gather with family and loved ones during the holidays?
It honestly feels as though God has led us into the desert for the longest 40 days we’ve ever experienced.
So what are we to do? Truly, I’m asking. What are you going to do during Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you going to go the virtual route? Are you going to safely gather, adhering to the masks and the no-communal-food rules? Or are you going to just go about Thanksgiving as usual and pray that all is well and good?
Because I do trust that God is in control. 100%. But I also have a healthy fear of a virus that could be potentially deadly for my parents, or even my auto-immuned self.
So let me know. I’d love to hear how you plan on celebrating!
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