Last night, my husband and I ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant; we sat outside under a heat lamp, at least 10′ from the closest table, and everyone wore a mask, except while eating. It felt fairly safe as we were doing the most important things all of us should be doing: wash your hands, stay outside as much as possible, be physically distant from people outside our pod, stay close to home, and wear a mask.

Living here in the Bay Area, we’re lucky. It has felt fairly safe for the past few months. People follow science issued guidelines, mask wearing is the norm (including even young children), and the Covid numbers were low. But now, even here, just like in all 50 states, the case numbers and deaths are rising quickly.

Folks (as President-Elect Biden likes to say), we are facing very scary and very dangerous times. This is not the year to travel (unless absolutely essential), or get together with people outside our small pod, or have Thanksgiving dinners with extended family and friends.

This is the year to cancel our travel plans (as I did), stay close to home and to those in our pod only, and have a small Thanksgiving meal.

This is the year to miss our family and friends, to be grateful that you and hopefully your loved ones are safe and healthy, and to offer a comforting thought to the 250,000+ families that have lost a loved one during this pandemic, and to the over eleven million Americans who have caught the virus.

Help is on the way. We can look forward to a potential vaccine next year. But in the meantime, we all must do what we can to protect ourselves and others from this terrible virus: wash your hands, stay outside as much as possible, be physically distant from people outside our pod, stay close to home, and wear a mask.

I know this is hard and I know many of us are disappointed. But if we stay home this year, we can then be safe to travel next year.

Have any questions, comments, thoughts? Call/text/email me!