I know my readers have come across many columns and letters to the editor about limiting our lives over the past weeks, and why we need to conduct ourselves this way during the pandemic. But I have read nothing better on this matter or as succinctly as Ed Heinzelman at Blogging Blue. I only rarely place an entire article from another source on this blog, But there was no way to post only a couple of his lines as what is written is precisely what I feel—and I know others feel—and it needs to be read by as many folks as possible. So take a minute and read the following from Heinzelman .
Just like everyone of you I am tired of being safer at home. I have been out of the house twice in the past five weeks (except for walks in the park and carefully keeping my distance from people who have no clue or no cares).
I’d love to do my regular shopping instead of recognizing the UPS driver on sight. I’d love to take my wife out to dinner on our old schedule. I’d love to meet my friends for lunch a couple of times a month like I did before. I’d love to still be on the UWM campus for classes instead of being online. I’d love to visit Miller Park to watch the Brewers. I’d love to attend the last few Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concerts that I have tickets for…and ditto for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. I missed a number of art shows in Milwaukee, Madison, West Bend and Chicago that I intended to see. My own baseball league is on hiatus until the state opens.
My late parents used to own a blue collar bar smack dab in the middle of Waukesha County back in the day…I realize how serious this would have hurt them financially. I lost my own retail business during a fairly minor recession in 1982. I get it for small business owners…this is a far more severe setback.
But I am a 69 year old male with coronary heart disease…that I have been managing pretty well for the past 20 years. I am solidly in the demographic of those who can get seriously ill if not die if I contract COVID-19. And I don’t plan on dying because some self-entitled asshole out there feels indestructible and doesn’t want to stand up for our community as a whole. Just stay home.
That’s the deal.