My Views on the Covid-19 Pandemic
I view my family as heroes. They themselves wouldn’t think so, but they are. I personally look at the Covid-19 Pandemic as something that is just reminding us of our own humanity, what we want to do in life, and reminding us that life is too short to squander. That we ourselves live in a system that is indeed, at times, broken. How our President at the time (yes Trump) has indeed, set our system far back more than anything else. I do not think he was the one to do it, but rather, he was the President that had set the system in motion to the failure or lack of response we need in a crisis such as this. The system has always been broken (we ourselves never prepared for a situation like this before at the time) and hopefully now, we can see how we want to change it. To treat everyone working around us better than we used to, treating those who help bag our groceries with some common courtesy, to those that are doctors and nurses with some common respect. I think we live in a world that is its best when we all treat each other with some common good and kindheartedness. I myself have even turned off the news and began just enjoying the little things. The smell of the bonfires at night to the hello of a neighbor as we can see them throwing out trash, those little things remind me that we are going to be okay, I think in the end. We needed a change, to realize those that make more or have more than us are not necessarily better than us. That we deserve those things just as much as anyone else does and continue to live our lives the way we want to. I am not angry at capitalism, or wanting a system that is completely different from our own, yet I feel more should be held accountable (those making millions a week) need to at least help those around us while we are putting money out from our own checks to do what we can.
My mom is my hero during these times. She works as a lunch lady still for the school district located in Irvine, California, and she has still been feeding families during the time. But her spirit keeps us going. Her and me are neat freaks, so we our constantly cleaning and preparing things that we either eat (like meat or vegetables and fruits) and pouring bleach (practically on everything, to us that is a religion). And we ourselves do not forget to thank God for what we have, each other and our families around us. That we ourselves make it every day, and that is enough. I am proud of her for that, for keeping her faith in times when the news showcases the “apocalypse” that is more of a system failure around us. She brings me happiness, and if for some reason I get sick and pass, at least I am home with her. That to me is worth all the money in the world. She herself deserves a metal for the work she has done and continues to do. She truly deserves so much more recognition for what she continues to do, being a hero when everyone runs away from problems. My mom steps up (and always does) when things were tough, and especially now (with me being a germaphobe) she has made life better for me than I ever thought possible! She deserves more thanks than ever before! And she raised me as both a mother and a father, that definitely deserves an award (especially me being a massive pain at times).
Submitted by Jack Henry Prunty, Los Angeles County – Huntington Beach.