2020: Giving Thanks, With Caution

Let me preface this post by saying, I know everyone is tired of talking and hearing of COVID but, you know who's not tired? COVID. COVID is alive and well and apparently growing much to our dismay.

That sounded fancy. Anyway.

I know Thanksgiving looks different for everyone, as in everyone celebrates differently. But, this year, it also looks different for everyone, in that the celebrations aren't per usual, for anyone. At least, they shouldn't be.

I went to the grocery store yesterday, for the cafe, because I want to avoid it at all costs this weekend. Turns out, a lot of people had the same idea and chaos ensued. I found myself overwhlemed and anxious as I was grabbing next week's menu's ingredients. There were a lot of people, buying turkeys and pumpkin things and it got me thinking, what if this is the pivotal point in regards to the second wave? What if this weekend is the last weekend of our new normal before we re-enter a full blown second wave on Monday and another lockdown. I'll be honest, that left me feeling really uneasy, really fast.

I'm exhausted. I've been pulling triple duty since May and I'm truly okay with that. I'm proud of us all for having come this far, for wearing the masks, social distancing, and all that jazz. However, I'll be honest, I'm afraid of what's to come. I see a lot of people losing steam, wearing their masks half-assed (or I guess half-faced in this case) with noses hanging out, by passing the hand washing station and completely ignoring certain protocols. Don't get me wrong, I'm tired too, BELIEVE me, but now's not the time to lose steam. Cause you know who's not losing steam, Mr. Coronavirus. He's waiting quietly, ready to pounce when we're most vulnerable, when we're all letting old habits take over and washing our hands less, coughing into the air and hanging a nose out of a mask.

As a business owner, with many fellow business owner friends, that is the scariest thought. Things are clicking along well and have been for a few months now, so, let me tell you, a second lockdown would be devastating financially, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and just about every other '-ally' you can think of.

Our community has been extremely supportive for all of our small businesses and it has been truly heartwarming. But we're not done yet. And, you know how you can help? It's not just about the dollars you spend or the posts you share on social media. It's about so much more than that. It's about doing things for the greater good and understanding that every little bit helps. Understanding that the smallest action could be extremely devastating, if it leads to infection and an imminent lockdown.

The era we're living in, the realities we're all facing with this pandemic, our actions speak VOLUMES. Way more than our words and our wallets. Small actions that go against governmental and public health recommendations may seem harmless, but we all thought plastic would be harmless and look where that lead us.

We've survived a first lockdown and came out stronger. We have health and safety precautions in place which have allowed us all to reopen and operate safely. Now, let's make a group effort to keep it that way.

I am super appreciative of the lessons that this pandemic has taught me, us. However, we have to remember the lesson learned and not go right back into the old patterns that landed us all on a huge collective time out. We all need to slow our roll and remember to be compassionate and considerate of others. Because, you know what, life is just a big fucking group project and that's why your seventh grade teacher used to choose the groups, so you'd learn this. This group project doesn't have to suck though, if we all pull our own weight, stop focusing on the negative shit and made up conspiracies and focus on the greater good.

So, this weekend, I hope you all find something small to be thankful for, but also remember that this is a temporary pain for long-term gain, for all of us.


Dom X

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