About a year ago, stores were open only for essential items, so yeah, no Christmas shopping. I sold more of my merchandise on some local online platforms, as people panicked to keep some semblance of normalcy. I appreciate that consumers supported local producers, but I’m sure that the larger behemoths benefited more (Jeff got a spaceship for his Christmas).
Sports events were still on, but being played in empty arenas and stadiums. Bars and restaurants were closed.
Vaccines were just beginning to be rolled out, as infections spiked. Now, in some places, with over 80% of the population being vaccinated, Infections are spiking again, reaching higher than before. Stores are open for anything, sports events have full capacity (now being limited), Bars, clubs, and restaurants are open.
Has the population become complacent? Are we tired of being cautious? Some (many?) are I’m sure.
I upgraded the masks I wear when I have to go out, which is not often, and only when necessary.
My parents cancelled their travel plans to visit for Christmas, and they are only a few hours away and fully vaccinated and boosted.
My point? No point, just thoughts. Stay safe.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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