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Started 3/23/20 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 130592 views.
In reply toRe: msg 642

From: LvlSlgr


I'm replying to an earlier (Nov. 19) post I did about my daughter-in-law's aunt who posted on Facebook about "what makes Covid so special." ... so if you don't know what I'm talking about it will be easy to find it.

Since my son and his wife and boys were having Thanksgiving dinner by themselves he asked me about a week ago to join them. They've been very careful. My son and his wife are teachers and the Louisville school system has not had in-class learning since last March so they and the boys haven't been in school. Whenever they go anywhere they are very careful about wearing masks and they don't go places unless it's absolutely necessary. So I felt relatively safe going to their house for Thanksgiving - as long as I wore a mask.

Well, guess what I saw on Facebook today??? My daughter-in-law's mother - sister to the aunt who posted the "what makes Covid so special" comment - is now in her 3rd day of Covid. I called my son and asked him when was the last time his wife was around her mother. He said about three weeks ago. I don't know but I think that's cutting it a little too close for comfort. I think I'm playing it safe and staying home. He told me to do whatever I think is best.

A part of me hates to stay home because I wanted to see my grandsons (ages 14 and 11) and I think they will be disappointed. But I'd rather stay home this year than not see them at all for years to come. Right???


From: katiek2


That is the saddest part of this whole mess.  My daughter and grandson from CT were already in California for a month and were to come to Las Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with us.  When the numbers started going up here, they decided it was too risky for us and went home early.  We haven't seen any of our family for more than a year now.  But yes, you are right.

WeeSam (WeesamNZ)

From: WeeSam (WeesamNZ)


I'm sorry you had to make that decision, it must have been very hard. But you know it is the right decision for you. 

Very, very sad ---- but very, very right. worried

So sorry you had to make this tough decision, maybe your son will bring you some leftovers. 

I understand about not seeing your family, we don't have Thanksgiving down here in Australia, but I know about not seeing family.  My son & D-I-L live in Spain and I haven't seen her since October 2018, when we met up in the States. I saw my son in January 2019 when he was down under for work, saw my grandson in Octo 2018, also in the States.  He was due to move to Texas for work for 2 years earlier this year, but that is on hold. Do get to speak to him on the phone.  Haven't heard from the others since July.  No news is good news in my book.




During WWII my mother in law saw her husband 1 time in 4 years. He was moved so often to different countries and with the bombings  everywhere  there was no relief. He was in English side of secret service.  He had trained as a cabin boy 2 years and went to  sea at 12 for 6 yrs. until he was called home to be in Royal fire brigade 2 yrs and then to serve  until end of war in secret service. Everything was rationed. Everything. When pork and beans came from US the can took a meat ration . They were hard to get. You could go to a restaurant and would get 1 slice of bread and a spoonful of pork and beans. And it was a wonderful treat.  My husband and his brother had never seen citrus until they came to America. Age 5 & 8. 

What they gave up for Freedom was so much more then face masks washing hands and distance.

I know what we have to do now is hard for us and depressing and scary. But as my Father in law used to say buck up stiff upper lip  and carry on.



I hear you.  I often think my forebears will be turning in their grave.  Many came out from England, not always of their own free will, and never had contact with family again.  Most couldn't read or write.  Those that could write would have to wait close to 2 years for a reply, if one ever came.  I sometimes wonder what has happened to our pioneer spirit.  My father served in both the Australian Army and had to resign to join the R.A.A.F.  He was based in Darwin during the bombings and the Japanese Sub that came into Sydney Harbour let fly a shell that landed in the street behind the one my mother lived in.  They didn't have the separations that your people did, because Dad used to fly in to land at the Flying Boat Base at Rose Bay.  He didn't always get to see mum on those missions but usually flew over her house & dipped his wings to let her know he was O.K.

People who can gather with their families this Thanksgiving in both the U.S and Canada have much to be thankful for.


From: mmpendo


KNIMtheTOAD said:

What they gave up for Freedom was so much more then face masks washing hands and distance.

So true. 


From: LvlSlgr


I had a thought earlier this morning ... yes, I'll wait for the laughter to die down ... LOL

Gee, just think of all the young ... and maybe some middle-age ... cooks* making Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time thanks to Covid. My daughter who is 45 is one of those because they've always gone to her husband's family for Thanksgiving. She sent her husband to the grocery - he cooks as well - and he came back with a 23-lb turkey. She said he wanted leftovers. They're going to be eating turkey forever! LOL

*Notice I said "cooks" ... I didn't want to discriminate. LOL