I wasn’t going to write about the Covid-19 virus because people are probably tired of hearing about it.
Tired of being told to stay home and wash your hands.
Then I started to think about the 1918-1919 flu pandemic. They didn’t have all the information as quickly as we did.
The information and advice did not spread across the world in hours.
They had overworked doctors telling them to stay home and wash their hands but the people did not take them seriously until it was too late.
When I think about that, the constant news updates don’t seem so annoying any more, but it is still depressing.
Then I saw some things that made me feel better. People were starting to notice the “invisible people” all those people in the background that make things run smoothly.
People were starting to see that scientists and government officials and all those big important people were not the only ones with value.
Nurses were the first to get praised and they deserve it. They are right there in the frontline trenches of this war. They know what they are getting into and they still get up every day and go to work.
They deserve our respect and need our prayers.
The next ‘invisible’ person is the truck driver. I know you wonder how he can be invisible in that huge truck that cuts you off and slows you down on the highway and won’t let you pass, blah, blah, blah.
What you didn’t stop to think about was that he is slowly driving down that highway to bring groceries and products to your local stores. He is even bringing toilet paper so people don’t need to panic buy that.
Then you have the people who take those products and put them out on the shelves for you to pick up.
They are still out there filling those shelves. How many of us ever give them a second thought?
What about the cashiers who ring up all our purchases and bag them for us?
Don’t forget the farmers who are working every day to get food out to the suppliers. We would get pretty hungry without them.
I am sure a lot of these people would like to stay home and wash their hands.
All these people and probably a lot more deserve to hear a ‘Thank you”.
This virus has made us actually see these invisible people. It is a shame that it took something like this for us to appreciate them.
I hope we don’t forget them when it is all over.
We will get through this until then, stay calm and read a good book.
by Lois Perepelitz