I had this notion when I started this pandemic alphabet that I would be writing about fun things parents could do with their little ones whilst stuck at home. My website blog is full of activities that are great for young children – mostly gleaned from the years of having my own preschool. But this pandemic, with its social distancing feels like it has been going on for EVER, and I understand that we are all tired of being at home. In my community, we have been very lucky with few cases and no deaths. Stores and restaurants began to re-open and there was light at the end of the tunnel. However, a group in town decided to have a get-together 1,000 strong with no masks and no social distancing. Members of this group obviously work in the community and now we have more cases and restaurants are closing again. Our Mayor decreed that everyone will wear masks in public where social distancing is not possible and also wear masks in stores. I am perplexed at the attitude of some of our community, refusing to wear masks, refusing to socially distance and asserting their rights to meet with whoever they want in groups both big and small.

To me, wearing a mask when out and about is such a small thing to do to help protect EVERYONE. Indeed I feel it is my civic duty to do so. But until others choose to do the same we will have to live and die with COVID until there is an effective vaccine. So I remain perplexed…