This year, my 6-year-old granddaughter will actually be attending school as a first-grader. I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous because COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and the rules are changing regularly – wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. For the first six months of the pandemic, she was with family members and is currently at a center where there is a minimal amount of children and staff members alike. Now, she’s going to be exposed to hundreds of children daily. Unfortunately, she is not at the age wherein she can be vaccinated, so my anxiousness will definitely be heightened, particularly with the number of positive pediatric cases on the rise.
I’m going to have to lean on my faith like never before because outside of the necessary precautions that I’m currently taking there is nothing else that I can do except pray. I have no idea how the schools are going to be able to keep the children socially distanced, have them keep their hands clean, and wear their masks, etc. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with three teachers on separate occasions who are just as scared as some of us parents/grandparents. They each shared their concerns about possibly contracting COVID and potentially taking it home to their families. Honestly, my heart and prayers go out to all of the teachers and administrators because their job is going to be anything but easy.
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have tried my best to protect my granddaughter by not exposing her to many people. Even when it was considered safe to don our masks for indoor activities, we continued to wear ours. Side note here…when we were on vacation and had dinner at one of the local restaurants there, one of the waitresses gave me a dirty look because we were the only ones in the establishment wearing a mask. That didn’t bother me in the least because I know who I am and will always do what I think is best for me and mine.
Some leaders in various states are against our kids wearing masks and some of the parents are in total agreement with them. What kind of bafoonery is this? What planet are people living on? Who wouldn’t want a mask mandate to keep our precious gems safe? Don’t they read the headlines? Aren’t they aware that pediatric cases are on the uptake? Are they living underneath a rock? Honestly, every time I think about this complete, utter nonsense my blood begins to boil!
I read an article that a parent in some state ripped a teacher’s mask off. There was yet another article wherein a teacher demanded that a child remove their mask. The only thing I can say is “just wow!”
I was happy to see that the school board in Florida has voted to maintain a mask mandate despite the executive order from their Governor, even though the amount of COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed there. Thank God!
Let’s pray for our children as they return to school, the teachers, the staff and for those who are in authority making decisions that affect us all. We must not just be vigilant but held accountable as we do our part to get on the other side of this pandemic.
Let me say it a little louder for the folks in the back, COVID-19 IS NOT A HOAX!
P.S.: I now have a podcast that is featured on Spotify, Anchor as well as Apple Podcasts and a few others, which you may find under Grace Deveraux or “Take A Leap With Grace.” Also, you may find me on Instagram @Gracedeveraux. Please stop by and check out what I’ve been up to. 😊