Ugh. I’m sorry this is late. In all honesty, I spent all day writing one heck of a post, that…now that it’s “go-time,” I’m frankly too scared to publish it, because it’s a super controversial topic, but I just felt really compelled to write about it.
I’m going to sit with it this weekend, make a few changes and publish it on Monday.
So that’s that on that.
I was falling asleep last night, and I got an email that the Sundance Film Festival has cancelled all their in-person events and showings this year. Yep – they are going 100% virtual.
Which, to be honest, is disappointing because my family — and this year my special gentleman — and I were going to attend the festival in Utah later this month, and go skiing, like we do every year.
To be honest, I saw it coming. Given how Omicron has brought New York City to its knees, and put a screeching halt on literally everything — cancelling everything from Broadway, to the Rockettes, and even shuttering some restaurants — I half-expected Sundance to fall in line.
But can you believe how disruptive Omicron has been? I have had two close brushes with Covid exposures, and by the grace of God, and a fully vaccinated body, have stayed negative. Thank you, Jesus.
But I know more people who have had it, than haven’t. In several cases, even contracting it twice!
And now many schools are back to being virtual.
Is that happening where you live?
Nearly 5,000 K-12 schools have gone virtual as of last night, as well as numerous colleges and universities.
And the schools that are remaining open in NYC — get this — not only do the kids have to have a negative test to attend, but the parents have to supply a DATED VIDEO of the kid taking the test, and the negative result.
I mean, is that what this virus has reduced humanity to? Distrusting our neighbor to the point of requiring video evidence that we’re not liars?
I mean, this is putting a huge strain on parents, with virtual learning, having to figure out child care for their kids. And God-forbid, there’s an exposure or someone gets sick, that’s ten days of taking off work!
My heart just goes out to all those families that are going through this juggling headache of virtual learning again.
The whole thing just makes me wonder, what is the right thing to do?
I mean, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?
What’s the right answer here? How best do we handle it?
Because, vaccinated or not, people are getting – and passing – the virus at a rate never before seen. But then, for the majority of cases, it’s just a mild-moderate cold.
What’s the move here?
Lockdown has taken a tremendous toll on kids is enormous. There is a mental health crisis among young people thanks to the loneliness and isolation from Covid.
Are we really going to subject kids to more of that becuase of a super contagious cold, that isn’t showing to be severe for kids?
School is not just about learning what’s in the books, but socialization. Kids need to be around other kids: Learning how to be a friend, how to work together, how to resolve conflicts, how to navigate social situations, how to take rejection, how to talk to a crush! Peer to peer interaction helps kids develop a personality, gain confidence, and sews seeds to thrive later in life. There is so much more to school than just what can be administered over e-learning.
So what are we to do?
I don’t want to get Omicron as much as the next New Yorker, but is that enough to put life on hold? I’ve been operating in extreme caution, not so much that I don’t get it, but rather, that I don’t pass it on to people who are in a more risky age group or a health-compromised state.
And I think that’s what has most people concerned.
At some point, though, we’re going to have to get on with life, and start living again.
Sure, the pandemic is politically advantageous for those in power, but at what cost are we willing to put the country through economically, mentally, socially — to maintain a reign of fear over a virus that has now been reduced to a cold, albeit, a highly, highly contageous one.
I don’t know. I don’t know what the answer is here. But I know there is a lot of suffering right now. Among families having to figure out work schedules with home from school now. Among kids languishing in isolation, missing their friends, feeling alone. Among families, separated by distance that involves restricted transcontinental airline travel. Among people who just miss their friends and loved ones, and long to be able to be socialize again.
What do you think? Is where you live as restricted as New York City? Do you think school should be remote? Let me know what you think!
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