Given all the deaths from COVID-19 and how rapidly the virus spreads, along with all the mutations we are now seeing, how far would you go to protect yourself and your family?
It seems like everybody has their own take on the virus and what they will or won’t do about it. I know some people who are completely sequestered, who pay by credit card to have groceries delivered to the house and only go out to get it after it is dropped off and the driver leaves. I know other people, like us, who don’t go to that extreme, but who do stay home as much as possible, wear masks when we have to go out, use hand sanitizer, wash their hands frequently, and social distance as much as possible. I also know people who leave their homes and families to go to work every day and take every possible precaution they can, and still fear what might happen. And then there are those who don’t believe the virus is real or think they are somehow magically immune, and go on like always, ignoring it completely.
Someone asked me back in April if we are going to spend the rest of our lives hiding in the house from something we couldn’t see. I told him that I didn’t survive jumping out of airplanes and getting shot and stabbed, not to mention a couple of bad car wrecks, only to risk my life acting like a fool.
I’m asking you all this is because of the situation an acquaintance found herself in. She is a single mom with a 19-year-old son, a 17-year-old daughter, another daughter age 12, and a 9-year-old son. She said that her oldest son told her he was going to spend the weekend helping a friend move, which she wasn’t happy about, but then she saw pictures of him on Facebook at Super Bowl parties in Tampa. There were crowds of people hanging on each other and not a mask to be seen anywhere. She sent him a message saying that whenever he wanted to come by and pick up his clothes, they would be in a box outside and that he was not welcome in the house anymore.
Some people have told her that is way too harsh and suggested she have her son get tested first and allow him back in the house as long as he is negative, or else have him self-quarantine for 14 days before he comes home. But her feeling is that if he did something like this once, he would do it again, and she is not going to endanger her life or the lives of her other children because this irresponsible fool wanted to go out and party and then lie about it.
This is not the first parent I have heard from in the same situation. What would you do if you were in her shoes? I know that I would do the exact same thing, and I have some family members who were faced with that choice who also did the same. Is it too harsh, or is it simply survival?
Thought For The Day – Once, my son asked, “Can I have a book mark?” and it broke my heart. The kid was eleven years old, and he still didn’t know my name was Nick.