It’s been a long time since I posted something in this blog. The pandemic turned everyone’s lives upside down including mine. It seemed if I posted some travel articles and photos in this blog, it would look so out of touch since we couldn’t really travel much during this pandemic. Armchair traveling or any kind of ‘staycation’ is so not my thing.
The current statistics here in the United States is rising in an alarming rate. More than 300,000 people had died due to COVID-19 and in California, more and more cases are being discovered almost every day which compelled the governor to issue another quarantine order recently.
On a good note, COVID-19 vaccines are now available and the first to receive them are our frontline healthcare workers. Many people are now debating arguing about who should received the vaccine next. Some say its should be the elderly and students, others say it should be restaurant and other essential workers. At this point, we still don’t know who should receive the vaccine next but one thing is certain, people in relatively good health will not get vaccinated until early spring next year.
The quarantine order came a few days before the holidays and yet there are some who are some who had decided to travel home for the holidays. The authorities are urging these people who stay home instead to help stop the spread of the virus. However, I think this is the main reason why some people are so compelled to travel home. This pandemic is so deadly, it can claim the lives of people unexpectedly. Some are probably fearing that it could claim their loved ones next so they are determined to spend this very happy occasion with them.
But this holiday season is not so happy for millions of people especially to those who lost loved ones because of the pandemic. Those who decide to stay home, we couldn’t even celebrate the festivities in a more festive manner face-to-face with friends and families in one setting without getting the attention of the authorities. The authorities are prohibiting large gatherings even in private homes. There are other means to get in touch with our loved ones for the holidays, such as video calls, but it can only go so far. It’s a very different atmosphere when you are all together in the same place.
Christmas traditions for a lot of people are cancelled this year. For my family, aside from out annual family Christmas party, another one of our family Christmas traditions that will not be happening this year is our annual family Christmas photo. This is something we love to do and the only time of year we can all get together and do it. We take advantage of the holidays to do this. My fear is that this tradition may stop. Hopefully we will have another opportunity to gather again in the future.
For many of us, this ‘break’ from what we knew as normal has been unexpectedly long and quite uncertain. We do not know when we can live the way we did again, and if we do, it would be very different from before. My wish this holiday season is I hope we will all survive this pandemic so we can continue with our happiest traditions again. I hope you all are with me on this sentiment.
I hope you all have a very happy and safe holidays. Take very good care of each other. Stay home as much as you can and wear a mask to stop the spread. We are al in this together. Let’s help each other by doing our part for a very healthy and safe society.