Rays of sunshine play hide-and-seek and peek through the grey wisps that pepper the skies. The flagpole sways as the stars and stripes cleave tight and flap in the wind.
I slide the picture window to the side to let the fresh air in. The sheer, burgundy curtain billows and flutters to let out a long sigh — then the veil snaps back to the screen to take in a deep breath. I have a front-row seat as she stirs to life.
A round, distressed clock face hangs on the wall near the cracked window — the black, metal arms resemble elongated spades.
The tick from the kitchen clock keeps pace with them to amplify the thoughts in my mind’s eye.
On the porch, the chimes clatter and cling with a dire toll to warn of what may come. We can track a tornado, we can trace the elusive calm before the storm, but can we fight a foe with no face?
This fiend drives a dagger in our heart and robs us from what we need to chase the blues away — a hug.
It cloaks our smile and steals our customs as we trade the taboo of a handshake for a fist bump, an awkward wave or a high-five from afar.
We thought we had the invisible enemy on the ropes. Now it rears its ugly head again. We swing the axe to chop it off, but like a Hydra, two more seem to grow back in its place.
The main trait for this monster is that it can mutate in the form of variants. At first blush then, this is a virus which could turn out to be a Gordian Knot; all it has to do is learn to adapt to the vaccines.
When it comes to a bug, my fiancé Mike yanks the legs off the myth and points to the truth. He quips: “It’s a virus; viruses mutate, just like the flu does. You are not going to get rid of it; it is here to stay. Are we going to be in a constant state of masks and booster shots? No thank you.”
He is not alone; we are sick and tired of the lies from the mainstream mouthpiece. Case in point, there is no executive order to ban masks in schools.
But we might not know this from the Associated Press headline in The Post-Intelligencer, which reads, “Mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries” (Associated Press, 2021).
The pundits wag their finger at us for daring to sport a mask — a doctor can wear one, but we roll the dice and gamble with an ominous illness when we do.
The ulterior motive was to foil those who might hoard them. But for them to pull the wool over our eyes breeds distrust and doubt.
We may fret and fuss and ride the bus to frenzy city, yet it is them who drive us down the dark path of fear.
In the sphere of common sense, it ferrets out the fact that there are just some things too far out of range for them to reach.
Now the word we hear to come down the pike is on a booster shot. What the masters of misinformation fail to share is that by and large, the CDC does not back its use for all.
To be sure, the one group to qualify are those with a compromised immunity, and then the data is so sparse that there is no way to ascertain if a third dose will make a dent (CDC, 2021).
In the end, it falls on them to consult with their doctor to weigh the risks. What a novel notion to cover the perils and pitfalls of all treatment and therapies with a health provider.
It seems a bit odd to get a shot at the same place where we pick up a pack of tissue, but it is too far-fetched to go in a clinic for one.
In short, they do not have the foggiest clue. Be that as it may, this will not deter them from the push to inoculate as many people as possible.
The same jokers to run the gauntlet and cast a shadow on Operation Warp Speed are frantic to kick this crusade in overdrive. In hindsight, it might be a headscratcher if the politics were not so patent and pitiful.
At the fore of the debate as of late are those with hesitancy. Who can blame them with the deliberate deception afoot?
The vaccinee is not a cure. It is not rocket science to figure this out with the case surge amid 371 million doses.
That said, the jab may be the best route for at-risk folks when it keeps death at bay or wards off a trip to the hospital. I could barely move the day after my second dose, but the following I was fine.
At the end of the day, it is on us to look out for our wellbeing and that of our clan and kin — hard pass on the government busybody to bark in our ear.
It is rare for students to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to each other or to teachers. And while SARS-CoV-2 is similar to COVID-19, the two are not the same. The former may pose more of a threat to a child — yet those who did perish have had a comorbidity (CDC, 2021).
It is a ruse to stick the vaccine for COVID-19 as being in the same vein as a time-tested one to immunize for the measles, as this has been par for the course for decades.
The first vaccine dates back to the time of Napoleon. All the same, most of us are not keen for the role of Guinea pig, and there are some who flat-out refuse to grease the Big Pharma palm.
To force a mask on the masses one way or the other is all stick and no carrot — it is not the fuse to ignite a spark in them to get the shot, but it is bound to blow up in their face.
The bottom line is, we can’t live in a bubble, and yet we shield our youth in plastic. Dirt has a huge part to play for kids to build a strong immune system, but with as gross as the masks must be, the filth in them may make them sicker.
On a side note, when did Antifa step in as the strong arm of the law for fascists?
It may be scary for a figment to wield a knife and stab an anti-vaxxer in the chest, but we all ought to tremble at the new Department of Homeland Security terror threat hit list — those who protest measures and mandates are at the top (KTLA, 2021).
RAINA FISHER is a child activist, writer and psychologist writing a memoir on parental alienation. She lives on County Home Road near Paris; her email address is email@example.com.