Mes amis, it has been a long time since we last chatted — and it’s with a heavy heart that I come to you now. In late July, my grandmother became sick with COVID-19. Shortly thereafter my grandfather did too. When they were hospitalized, the doctors told us they were optimistic but to be prepared for the worst. My grandfather passed away first on August 3. My grandmother left us next on August 5.
Although I longed to be with them, travel restrictions — and common sense — kept us apart. I was allowed to say goodbye via video chat with the rest of my family.
It’s difficult to comprehend this kind of loss. We know we should “keep on keeping on,” but living in the real world is so much more difficult. I didn’t want to do anything. My family and I continued to chat online. My friends continued to drag me from home for a breath of fresh air whenever I would let them.
For the interim, my plans for law school had been put on hold. There were more important matters on my mind. That’s why I was gone for so long — but that’s also why I’m back! Mes amis, COVID is still with us. New strains mean new problems. Please get vaccinated! If you were vaccinated more than six months ago as an adult, you have the opportunity to get a booster shot. Please get one! It’s not about individual freedoms or your own beliefs. It’s about keeping our fragile community safer.
Los Angeles has always made me feel at home away from home even when the culture shock was so very real at the beginning. And we need to protect that sense of community. Scientists believe that new coronavirus strains might very well be worse than those we’ve already seen. They might be deadlier. They might be more contagious. They might be more resistant to vaccines. They might be more likely to bypass our immune systems.
Please do everything you need to do to keep your loved ones safe.