Thanksgiving and holidays a little different this time around

As if anyone needed reminding about the deadly threat posed by the COVID-19 epidemic. Two acquaintances succumbing to the disease in the past week or so, both of them passing within two or three days after being hospitalized.

Having to pass up a chance to catch up with and hug the kids on Thanksgiving Day. Then having to turn down another holiday invitation from other family members, cousins, nieces, a newborn baby. Discouraging on what should be one of the happiest days of the year.

Too risky, even wearing masks and social distancing, the potential consequences much too great to take any chances. Eight or nine months into the pandemic, with no indications of any relief, the numbers continuing to grow. One life, folks, no reprieves, no going back once ensnared.

Understandable that people don’t believe they can actually catch the deadly virus from family and friends. It’s natural to feel safe around people one knows and loves.   All too tempting, too easy to believe nothing can happen. The recent deaths close to home are a startling reminder that it can and is occurring.

Fortunately, the Observer is blessed with a fantastic wife who also happens to be a great cook. Loves to cook, loves to prepare all the traditional food — turkey, dressing, corn pudding, candied yams, green bean casserole, fruit salad and pumpkin pie — that make the holiday meal so special. Preceded by videos of past Thanksgiving Day parades and live football games.

Capped off Thursday evening by former University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the 6-4 Baltimore Ravens against the undefeated 10-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. A Thanksgiving Day game this year with special implications for Ravens’ fans. No dozing off during this one.

Meanwhile, it’s good to know that the kids in Western Kentucky and South Florida are healthy and will be eating well as well. And thankfully, with some promising vaccines coming our way, there is hope for relief from the disease and the desolation. We will look forward to getting together in 2021.

There is still much for which to be thankful.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and holidays a little different this time around

  • November 24, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Wonderful summary of what Thanksgiving will be like for most families this year. Sorry to hear about your losses. Reasons number 4563674257 and 4563674258 this pandemic sucks.

  • November 25, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Thanksgiving by zoom….

    Better take a pass on those vaccines!

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