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Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Pandemic: March 11 A Historic Day - One Year Later

Today marks one year that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Corona Virus a pandemic and the world came to a screeching halt.  No one would have ever guessed it would take this long.  I remember getting that company email stating we would all be working from home at least for the next few weeks.  That is about as long as everyone thought this would last.  What ensued was pure chaos.  

Following the pandemic announcement sports games were cancelled and travel bans were put in place.  Parents were scrambling to find flights to bring their kids home from college, kids and parents had to learn quickly how to navigate remote learning and parents pretty much became teachers, grocery shelves were cleared out of almost everything especially hand sanitizers, cleaning wipes and lets not forget the toilet paper and paper towel shortage. Non essential business were closed and everyone stayed home and everyone was asked to wear a mask while out in public. Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted things will get much worse, and they certainly did.  

Because of what we were hearing, we were all happy to hunker down for a few weeks, maybe a month.  But then it was another month and another month.  By spring time, we all had cabin fever and wanted to get out, go back into the office - probably just to get away from everyone, the kids, zoom meetings and have a sense of normalcy but that wasn't the case.  So many have lost their jobs, lost their business, waiting in long lines to get food.  It has been heartbreaking in so many ways.  

To date, over half a million people have died due to the virus.  So many loved ones lost to this virus but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we are slowly approaching it.  There are now 3 vaccines out and millions have already gotten their shot(s).  After a long year of only seeing each other on zoom, many grandparents are finally able to hug their grandkids, we are finally able to hug our loved ones.  

It has been a long painful year.  We will never get back to what our "normal" used to be and well I don't think we really know what the new normal will be but we are trying hard to get there.  We are all tired of what 2020 dished out and have so much hope that 2021 is on the right path for new beginnings.  Many states are lifting their mask mandate, restaurants are starting to open at full capacity and along with Spring, there is so much hope in the air.  

I pray you all continue to stay safe 🙏

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