Turn on the light

My nine-year-old grandson understands what the Coronavirus Pandemic is, where it started and how it has affected his world.  Recently when we had our Zoom visit, he said that most of the people dying from the virus are older people. I remembered once when he asked me if his Papa and I were old. So, I thought I’d find a way to assure him that we are OK.

My nine-year-old grandson understands what the Coronavirus Pandemic is, where it started and how it has affected his world.  Recently when we had our Zoom visit, he said that most of the people dying from the virus are older people. I remembered once when he asked me if his Papa and I were old. So, I thought I'd find a...

“I’m writing a story on how light helps us to see better in the dark,” I told him. “Are you afraid of the dark?”

“Sometimes, when I think I see something scary in the dark,” he said.

“What do you do when you think you see scary things in the dark,” I asked him. “I turn the light on,” he said.

“Sometimes what we don’t know can be scary, too, I explained.  That is why it is important to ask questions.”

And then I explained to him that most of the older people getting the coronavirus were already very sick and most of them survived.

“Papa and  I are not sick.  We are well, and doing all the things we need to do to be safe.” I could see a change in his face, kind of like a light that went on in his head.

Children, as well as some adults, don’t often know how to express their fears and ask the right questions.

As we slowly emerge from the darkness of the Coronavirus Pandemic, getting the facts is essential so that we can turn the light back on in our lives and stop being afraid.

The Covid-19 pandemic is tragic, but it has been especially sad happening during a presidential election year.  The American people might have been treated with more respect and given more accurate information if the politicians and mainstream media were not working more for themselves than the people who pay for good leadership and unbiased reporting.

Recently, after three months of giving people a choice of wearing a mask, the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, decided to make it mandatory to wear a mask into public indoor areas.

Unfortunately, the news shows the governor on a beach the weekend before giving that order taking very close selfies with people all around him without any apparent social distancing.

The sad and confusing thing about this mandate is that his actions speak louder than his words, and it is difficult for people to take him seriously. Therefore, we have a right to ask questions.

There have been mixed messages about wearing masks to prevent the spread of this coronavirus. Still, there has never been any confusion about hand washing and social distancing in the presence of a contagious virus.

According to the CDC, experts didn’t know in the beginning that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others. 

That’s why they say masks help inside a building.

Another question about the governor’s mandate is that the southwest, Virginia is not like Northern Virginia.  We have experienced very few positive Covid-19 cases as compared to Northern Virginia, where our daughter lives in Fairfax county.

My daughter said, “Mom, it’s a lot different here.  We’ve had over 10,000 cases and almost a 1000 deaths.  For us wearing a mask is no different than the no shoes, no shirt, no service businesses require to enter their building.  It’s just that right now that includes no masks.”

Many people in our town have said they will take their business elsewhere before they would wear a mask into every public indoor area.

However, I love our town and the people who are part of our life here.  I don’t want our businesses to fail, and I don’t want to offend others who are afraid of not wearing masks.

Wearing masks while into public indoor areas is not only a law in Virginia, but also in other states.

Recently,  I realized something when I  saw an older friend, wearing a mask, walking toward me.  When she saw me, her eyes lit up.  But then I saw a little fear because I didn’t have on a mask and a light went on in my heart.

There is a scripture lesson I learned as a young person in I Corinthians 8:9.  “But take care that this right of your does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”

I am not saying that everyone who wears a mask is weak. I am saying that I don’t want to the cause of someone being afraid.  I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

My husband has serious health issues, and last week he became very sick.  On my way to the hospital, I prayed he had not contracted the coronavirus.  Thank God, he had not, but it changed my perspective.

I remember when the no-smoking signs appeared in restaurants in 2006.  I was so grateful, because secondary smoke makes me very sick, especially since I was a child that inhaled secondary smoke my entire young life.

The truth is we’ve all been well educated on how to avoid contracting this virus and how not to transmit it to others.  It is our responsibility to use common sense, take the necessary precautions, and do what is best for ourselves, our families and those around us. 

And that’s my point.  It isn’t just about my rights and comfort.  It’s also about those around us.

As far as this governor and all the other elected politicians in this country, we have every right to question their motives, behavior, and decisions.  In fact, we should question them.  And then we should vote them out of office if we are not satisfied with their answers!

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Deana Landers
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I have had many roles in life
Pastor’s Wife , Mom/Nana , Nurse/Health Educator, Writer , Christian Speaker
I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories, either in my head or in my journal.

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Story Comments

  1. Great article and great advise to encourage kids to ask questions. Communication is the key no matter what the age.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Michelle, for reading and commenting on my story. You are right. Even as we get older, we can cease to ask questions, and it is important never to stop asking questions. Deana

  2. Well said! I am in LA and masks are mandatory. My family lives in Florida and they think masks are silly. They are still required to wear them. But most have strong opinions on why to not wear them. Better safe than sorry! So easy.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Kim, for reading and commenting on my column. I keep a mask in the car and wear it where it is needed. Take care out there in LA.Deana

  3. Maria -

    Love this post! I’m trying to explain to my grandkids which are 2 & 3 but it’s hard

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria. I hope this helps.Deana

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Maria. I hope this will help to explain this to your grandchildren I think we have to teach our children to think.Deana

  4. Who would have thought this virus was even possible in this day and age. It is so scary to see how some countries have been so severely affected. Here in Australia, we don't wear masks at all unless we have the virus or symptoms. I am an aged care nurse and we don't even wear them at work.(We are in lockdown though). Our deaths have been 103 most of which came off a cruise ship or from returning holidaymakers, and a nursing home that got infected. We have been really blessed here.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Anita, for reading and commenting. That is interesting information. Thank you.Deana

  5. Fortunately, it's mandatory here in South Africa for everyone to wear a mask when out in public. They arrest us if we don't, so we don't need to try and figure out whether to wear a mask or not. Isn't it strange how some politicians still don't get the point though? How can you say one thing and then do something completely different? What kind of message are you sending? Glad to hear your hubby is COVID free. I hope he's feeling better.

    • Deana Landers -

      Wow, Michelle, that is great information about your country. I wish we could just talk a long time.Deana

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