We all have to make our choices about how or whether to gather during this holiday season.
Two of our kids live with us still, so they’re obviously in. We have five other kids, and of course my mom and my brother, and Margaret’s dad, all of whom usually come. But because of COVID-19, we have invited only one of our children to join us, and only because he has no other options.
It’s challenging to make this choice. We will miss having everyone here.
This fascinating article from the Spanish El País newspaper explains (in English) how the coronavirus is transmitted through the air. Even if we all wear masks, even if we are all six feet apart, if he is contagious and spends even an hour inside with us he is likely to infect some of us.
So we won’t dine at our big table. Instead, we will set up card tables in the garage. We’ll open the overhead door and light a propane heater.
I’ll miss the formal table this year, but it’s better than leaving our one son out.
Did you choose differently? Are you inviting your people in, or going to someone else’s home, for this holiday?