My husband and I do not socialize, not even with family. We are in our 80s and extra cautious. We do curbside pick-up; if forced to go to a store, we know what we need and get in and out within a few minutes. We haven’t been to a café, restaurant, movie, or gathering, and even avoid our neighbors. While lonely, we feel lucky to have a roof over our heads and money to buy what we need.We have been following this protocol since early March, awaiting the promise of a vaccine. No whining. No tears. Just a steadfast determination to do our part and get through this. And then yesterday happened. We learned that Trump was offered millions of additional doses of vaccine and declined the offer. Millions of Americans now have to wait many more months for the injection. Some will die waiting.We knew he was incompetent. But this? This is monstrous.And now, in the wake of his losing re-election, he has abandoned his post. He is like the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia who abandoned ship when it began to sink. The captain left his post while 32 people died and scores were injured. He was convicted of manslaughter. A similar fate should await Mr. Trump. He is responsible for the deaths of 284,000 and counting. He has caused the closure of 100,000 businesses. Suicides are on the rise. Children are failing in school. There had been hope and anticipation, now both dimmed and delayed.
This was a cruel decision that makes no sense.
For the first time. I cried. I couldn’t help it.