Pandemic Diary - Day 247
Like millions of Americans this Thanksgiving, my family has had to make adjustments to the holiday during a major surge of COVID-19 across the country.
That means we don't have family and friends over to celebrate our traditional holiday. It's just the four of us. But we're making do. We're still having a turkey with all the trimmings. And we're talking with family and friends via Skype and phone calls.
Despite the pandemic, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade still happened. It was an abbreviated version - from two-and-a half miles to a one block stretch of 34th Street - with participants having to be 18-years old to participate.
No school bands, but there were some floats pulled by golf carts instead of humans who were social distancing.
The lineup included Snoopy, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," "The Elf on the Shelf," "SpongeBob SquarePants," and "The Boss Baby."
No crowds this year. Visitors were discouraged. A 2020 reality. Many performances were pre-taped and on TV.
It's all about adapting to our new realities imposed by the coronavirus. We may not like it, but certain things have to change or there's going to be even more deaths this fall and winter.
I hope your family respected the restrictions on large gatherings today. If not, you may be having a last meal with some of them. The virus has no respect for holidays.
We can still be in contact with those friends and family without risking lives.
There is a light a the end of the tunnel as vaccines continue to get approved in record time. That's something we can all be thankful for today.
Quote for the Day; "I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength." Anonymous