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Column: Our perseverance will be worth it
Harris Blackwood
Harris Blackwood

I received my COVID-19 vaccine a couple of weeks ago. I want it to work.

I wish they had a vaccine for COVID fatigue. I’m sick and tired of the virus.

On several roads in Hall County, you can find a variety of signs inviting people back to church. I’ve missed it. A lot of churches have done an admirable job of providing worship via a live video stream. But, it is not the same. I want to sit in a pew, holding a hymnal and hear the blending of voices in song.

There is so much that has been taken away by the virus. I miss hugs and handshakes. I appreciate the fist bump, but it’s not like the clasp of hands to seal an agreement or a cordial greeting. The fist bump is nothing more than a momentary contact.

I miss the days when only robbers wore masks inside banks. Now, there are some banks that require you to wear one to come inside their lobby. Some have taken away pens on chains, in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

I look forward to mask burning day. When the epidemiologists say that we no longer need to wear them, I plan to have a bonfire.

I look forward to hearing people without the muffled sound of a mask. You also can’t sing well in them.

We are more afraid of one another than at any time I remember. The spring pollen caused me to sneeze the other day. I sneezed with my mask on while standing in the aisle of a supermarket. You would have thought that someone fired a gun. Those standing near me scattered like crazy. The sneeze happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to do anything about it.

I missed the observance of Easter last year. We were going to have an outdoor service, but a rainstorm brought a cancellation of that.

I want this to be the reopening of churches everywhere. First of all, we need it. But secondly, I think it would give some assurance that the pandemic is going away.

What I’m afraid of is that our mixing and mingling could bring a resurgence of the virus. That’s the part I fear the most.

We need the fellowship with one another to give us a sense of hope and promise. I wasn’t meant to stay inside and watch reruns of game shows.

But, don’t think churches opening and other encouraging signs — like real people and no cardboard cutouts at baseball games — must be done without some degree of care. Don’t throw that mask away, and be sure and wash your hands. If someone asks to take your temperature as a condition of entry, do it. We have got to continue our fight until we get more people vaccinated and get this thing under control.

I hope you have a Happy Easter and enjoy at least some of the things that make this celebration special for you and your family. After last year’s Easter shutdown, anything would feel better.


Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the weekend Life page and on gainesvilletimes.com.

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