With pressures amongst us to practice social distancing this Holiday Season we have made the decision to spend it without family. We both work in fields we are in contact with people. Despite the fact that we wear masks responsibly and manage to maintain a 6 foot distance from others the dark fact remains that there could aways be the possibility of contracting this strange virus that is always in the shadows of our work life. The truth is that if we do contract it we wouldn’t even feel the effects for 14 days. While giving up spending good, quality family time on Thanksgiving Day, a day I always cherish, I feel it is more important to act responsibly. It is sacrifice for the better good.
So, the dilema we face is preparing a meal for this grand day. I looked at all of the options as far as just cooking a turkey breast and all of the trimmings, going out to eat (not an option), or getting take out. After careful consideration and help from neighbors on the app Next-door we decided to order from a local farm market. Two Dinners ready to go that I can simply pickup at their store.
This wouldn’t be the first time we have chosen alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving as we have had the dinner at a local diner, or opted to make turkey roll ups with just a few side dishes when family had made other plans with in-laws. We are coming into reality that America has changed from an era where most family lived within a drivable distance from one another to an America where family members are living thousands of miles away. You can call this post industrial age anything you like, but I am not too fond of it. But with COVID in the air, it wouldn’t matter much anyway.
I think back in history when so many people left their families behind to discover a New World to escape the religious constriction they faced in the Old World. Life is constantly changing and we are now living in the dark ages of a modern society. The good news is that for the most part we are not facing the same tragedies that others faced during pandemics. I know it’s not easy and there is a small percentage who don’t survive the virus but I have faith that we will get through this stage of history and a brighter tomorrow is just around the corner. A future where we are spending time with our loved ones with a Turkey with all the trimmings.