‘This Is Not Okay’ – A COVID Story
Last year, the fear of God was put in my 80-year-old mother’s mind.
She was babysitting for my brother and had a routine doctor’s visit during which she was told that she needs to stop babysitting immediately. “I don’t think you understand. If you get this virus, you die,” said her doctor. My mother called me crying, and I was so disheartened and angry.
My parents immediately removed themselves from our lives, stopped regular visits, and have since done only outdoor visits from a distance. Back in March 2020, my oldest brother in Brooklyn told me, “I’ll see you in 2021!” My kids were baffled, and all of us were devastated that he told us he’d see us so many months from now. It seemed so far away and yet he stood by his word!
My entire family has been separated for a year—no 80th birthday celebration for my mother, no Hanukkah or family meals, no graduations, dozens of missed grandkids’ birthdays … everything!