Waging the War

There are many ways to fight a war.  Focused on our own discomfort of being at home in the “underground” of the War of Covid19, many of us seem often to forget those troops in the febrile and sleepless battle being waged at the front—in the hospitals and research labs. Too often we take for granted the “couriers” who maintain our lines of communication and the “supply lines” that provide for our physical needs.

"A Greater Love," by Charlotte Mertz (11"x15" watercolor, #200410w)

“A Greater Love,” by Charlotte Mertz
(11″x15″ watercolor, #200410w)

Many in the “underground” are making masks, reaching out to help neighbors more vulnerable than they themselves are, teaching others unexplored skills, and serving the community in numerous other ways while observing new and often uncomfortable new social procedures and limitations. I appreciate all the efforts being made to make a difficult time more tolerable.

Thanks to the support staffs in many residential facilities, who have left their own homes to temporarily live on site to ensure that their vulnerable clients are not exposed to health threats from outside the residence.

I appreciate the “couriers” who keep landlines and wireless services operating, transport our mail, and deliver supplies to our doors, and the innovators who develop alternative means of delivering such services as health and education remotely.

And what would we do without those in the “supply line” who are doing their best to reroute food and other necessities to those few physical outlets that remain open, to the stockers, shipping staffs, truckers, and check-out personnel who facilitate necessary purchases and deliveries?

Today I particularly want to say “Thank you!” to those who have and continue to put their own comfort and safety on the line in order to take care of the rest of us. Thank you all!

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