Wow. A year ago, who could’ve imagined all this? Sadly, our country was already divided in so many ways: politically, racially and even by football alliance.
But now, people are engaging in a battle of the masks.
Yes, it’s come to that. As if the world isn’t crazy enough, people feel the need to debate wearing masks and rant about their views. I’ve seen friends and acquaintances on both sides of the fence post their reasons for either, along with sharing other posts and links to back up their arguments.
However, I refuse to engage in this debate, and here’s why:
- I’ve know people who have had the virus. Some with no more than a fever, others who struggled in the hospital to get better.
- I’ve read countless articles and listened to news concerning both sides.
- I’m not a medical professional, front-line worker or anyone who should have a strong voice in this matter.
- And most of all . . .
None of these arguments have largely swayed my beliefs either way. So what’s the point in all bickering?
My sole purpose is to do what I feel is best for my family. And that choice seems to change daily.
It’s incredibly stressful to try and go anywhere, including a church service or picking up a food order. I’m constantly wondering what the new rules are wherever I go. Can I go out “in nature” not wearing a mask and still get fined? Will my pre-schooler get in trouble some places for not wearing one, even though she’s technically under the age limit of requirements? If I go somewhere that doesn’t require a mask, will people look down on me if I choose not to wear mine?
No matter how you feel about wearing a mask versus not wearing a mask, I think we can all agree that everything is more stressful and requires extra faith right now. That’s why it’s more important than ever to not fight with our friends.
Whether sending kids to school or homeschooling, thank God we live in a country with choices and that our school systems are doing their best to provide those choices. Every family has a unique situation made up of the parents’ careers, the family’s health, and the children’s educational and social needs. Neither option is the perfect choice nor the wrong choice for all. That’s why we have a choice!
As a mom, my heart goes out for kids. I would hate to think that my son and daughter had to wear a mask and miss activities for years to come all because of COVID-19. All we can do is the best for our family at any given time. Meanwhile, the governor, educational system and leaders in churches and businesses have to make tough decisions every day to try and help the greater good.
Only God knows when this will all end or at least come to some normalcy. We could go back to school without masks, or we could enter another quarantine. But does fighting on social media and throwing shade at one another really help the situation?
I think not.
What we can do to help is this:
- PRAY for everyone – leaders, family, friends, teachers, front line workers, etc.
- Reach out to the elderly, sick or anyone else stuck at home due to high health risks.
- Stay positive in front of our children. While I’m stressed and even fearful for the state of our world, I don’t want that to reflect on my kids. They have enough confusion without me acting panicked.
I’m praying for us all, and if anyone needs me, I’m enjoying staying here at home!