The newscast on Thursday evening from a Madison television station landed exactly where we needed it most. With smiles on our faces. After a very long year of pandemic news, deaths, and stresses on our economy and communities, it was tonic for the soul to see young people and teenagers getting their vaccinations.
WISC-TV had a Vaccine Day clinic at their studio parking lot and reported the bulk of the evening news from that site. With truly upbeat reporting the images of the young arms being injected and the enthusiastic and reasoned comments from the young folks alerted me, again, why there is reason to have faith in our future generation.
After hearing some adults over the past weeks toss around all sorts of reasons why they would not get a shot there was reason to thrill at seeing kids line up with eagerness to get their lives back to normal. One 12-year-old girl, Sena Amoah, when asked what she was going to do once fully vaccinated responded by saying she wanted to hold either a Pfizer Frenzy, or Moderna Madness Party. You just want to be the one to supply the balloons or ice-cream given her spirit and genuine nature. (We really should find a way to make her party a reality!)
I want to thank the news operation of Channel 3 for not only reporting the news from the studio location, but with equal ‘in the moment feeling’ from a county park and also in Sun Prairie. We have been through so much sadness and angst over the past many months that it was truly uplifting to have these news developments reported with a lighter tone and viewed from the perspective of the young folks.
This was a good day, indeed.