My eighty-seven year old mother is headed out to her first medical appointment this afternoon since before the pandemic. My sister will be taking her--but just to be sure, I called and reminded them both to wear masks. I suppose I am a bit overprotective, but one can never be too sure, or, in this case, too safe.
I keep a mask in my office--and wear it whenever I step out my own door to talk with a colleague or to use office equipment. WE have hand sanitizer dispensers strategically placed throughout the church office, and I wash my hands several times over the course of the workday. I suppose I am a bit overprotective, but one can never be too sure, or in this case, too safe.
When I go to the grocery store, I not only mask, I also wear gloves, which I promptly dispose when I leave the store. Then I sanitize my hands. And when I get back home I wash my hands. I suppose I am a bit overprotective, but one can never be too sure, or, in this case, too safe.
Sometime in the future--maybe even the relatively near future, we may be able to do away with some of these measures. But for now, we need them to safeguard against the virus. Do I like doing these things over and over again? Do I like wearing a mask? No, not particularly. Am I a moral superhero for doing them? No. I am just doing my part--my, relatively speaking, very small part. And like so, so many things in life, that's what it takes, all of us being willing to do our part--no matter how small. In fact, that, ultimately is what democracy is all about, isn't it? Everybody doing their part, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Making sure they fill-in census forms, for instance, or casting a ballot. Writing letters to congress people, raising concerns when they surface. Reporting for jury duty, and paying your taxes.
I suppose I am a bit overprotective--but I love my mother and sister. I care a great deal about our staff. I even care about strangers in the grocery store. And I most certainly care about our democracy. That's why I'll do my part. After all, you can't be too sure or too safe.