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Unprecedented Times...

“Unprecedented Times”… Posted on billboards, spoken in commercials, incorporated in marketing letters and appearing on websites. What does this term mean for you?

The other day I went to visit my mom at her senior living facility — visitors are not allowed inside but able to meet with the residents via., face-time, video conference or through the window. Moments after I arrived, she was escorted to the window, I was pleased when I saw that she and her caregiver were wearing isolation masks. Due to her dementia, she is unable to comprehend what is going on around her, therefore she spent the majority of the visit trying to convince me to come inside… She was happy and was being “mom”, in her “new mom” way; which allowed me to leave satisfied feeling that all was well.

After leaving my mom’s facility, I stopped by a nearby restaurant to pick up carryout and was mocked by a lady sitting nearby. It was obvious that she wanted me to hear… “Why are these idiots wearing masks; it’s not that serious…”. What she did not know is that as of this note, my moms living facility has a 100% fatality among its residents that have contracted Covid… Me wearing the mask was not only my attempt to be a responsible citizen but also a symbol of Hope… “Hope” that I will be able to receive the customary pat on that hand from my mom and hear her sing her favorite James Brown song when we make it through this “unprecedented time” and welcome our “new norm”….

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