For May 23, 2022 KGUA Radio Writer’s Hour hosted by Peggy Berryhill and Mark Gross, we are asked to freewrite to the following prompt:
I am moving forward from the external and my self-imposed restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As far as I know I have never had Covid-19 in the two plus years since it came to America about 7 PM on March 12, 2020. I guess I could have had it and been asymptomatic, but I don’t think so.
Currently, I do not isolate to such an extent that I couldn’t get it. I just feel that since I have been vaccinated and booster-ed twice, I won’t get so sick even though I am in the danger zone – over 65.
I am aware that the son of a friend of Hannah’s in his forties, mind you, got Covid, soon was on a ventilator, got better, then didn’t, and died. So Covid, the killer could get anyone. I’m not invulnerable. But I am not scared. I am moving forward.
I’ll continue to hike with my old friend Bill in Acadia National Park as I did last week. I’ll play pickleball with two of the good guys Fran and Steve, as I did earlier this week. I’ll go to outdoor birthday parties as I did last Saturday to the 8th birthday party of our grandson Max with 24 people. I didn’t think of Covid once. I’m changing my mindset and moving on from Covid on the brain.
For the two years Covid has been a part of me, but it no longer drives the bus as it once did. I’ll move forward being Covid-smart but living large. At 74, I have no time to waste. Do any of us?
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