From all of us at Sincerae, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving for 2020.
We know this is not your regular Thanksgiving and we all miss seeing friends and family in person. But this is a time to be thankful for what we do have. No one will dispute this has been a hard year. Between COVID-19, the election, racial tensions, record natural disasters (think fires or hurricanes), home schooling, it feels like this year can’t end fast enough. But maybe this year, more than ever, it the year that we need to be thankful for what we do have.
So here are a few of the things that I am thankful for this year and Happy Thanksgiving.
- I am thankful that my family has avoided COVID. My family lives around the world and we have all managed to stay safe and healthy. Here are home, we are diligent about washing our hands, wearing masks (even when they don’t want to), social distancing, and avoiding potential super spreader events.
- I am also thankful to my husband because after nine months of being housebound together with almost no travel, we can still laugh together.
- There is a group of friends who get together over Zoom a few times a week because of the pandemic and I am thankful to them for helping keep me sane. I have seen them more often than I would have without COVID.
- Who would have ever thought, but I am thankful for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime (or what ever streaming service you use). This has given me something to watch (or binge watch). This year I had the time and selection to watch things I normally wouldn’t have had a chance to see.
- Normally I don’t talk about politics here. I am thankful for all the election officials and poll workers who facilitated a successful general election during a pandemic. I am also thankful that a record number of Americans decided that it was worth casting a ballot. And I am thankful that the warnings about election and post-election violence mostly proved to be unfounded.
- I am thankful for all researchers, universities and pharmaceutical companies that will have combined to produce three working vaccines less than a year after COVID started. This gives me hope that that next year’s Thanksgiving will not look like this one.
- I am thankful for all the healthcare professionals who put their lives on the line to treat people with COVID. More than 1700 healthcare have died since this started. Having many friends who still work in hospitals, I think of them all the time.