2020 has been a difficult year, but as Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to spend time remembering the gifts we still have.
If you’re reading this, you’re still alive (unless ghosts have internet access, in which case, I’m so sorry for leaving you out.)
This one is more of a personal gratitude for me, but I wanted to say it anyway. I know many people have lost family members this year, and you have all my sympathy. I’m so grateful for the family I have.
Nurses, doctors, other hospital staff, and those taking care of our elderly neighbors in assisted living are putting their lives in danger to continue providing care to those who need it.
Before this spring, when someone said “essential worker,” you probably only pictured emergency responders. But, because we all still have to eat while in isolation, we’ve realized how much we rely on the minimum wage workers who run the stores. I hope in the future, corporations will remember who was essential in that life-threatening work environment when considering how to pay their employees who are on the lowest rungs of the corporate ladder.
Even though many of us are staying isolated, living in the age of the internet lets us stay connected. Our ancestors who lived through big pandemics of the past were not so lucky.
Besides internet access, there are a lot of benefits science has allowed us to have this year. Imagine the stress of 2020, but still having to walk five miles every day to the river to scoop up your day’s water in bucket. Quarantine is a lot more survivable with indoor plumbing, and canned foods and refrigerators to allow us to keep food on hand for weeks at a time.