Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.
The Purpose of Sharing My Opinion
As I start writing this opinion piece, I have it in my head that it will start a controversial conversation of sorts. Many will have a very opposite view to mine, and they will, no doubt, spew those differences in the comment section. That is okay. I know this every time I write an article that is of my opinionated concepts. After all, vocabulary.com states truthfully, "If you are opinionated, you obstinately hold on to your opinions, and you don't hesitate to let other people know what those opinions are." I believe the people closest to me or know me best would say that those words stated would describe me "somewhat" without fail. I must speak my truth – if it bothers me so much to do so. By that, I mean I am an introvert and believe to each their own. Therefore, I do not usually try to grab an audience with mine. However, if I have consistently heard other opinions and do not agree with those opinions, you will probably find me writing an essay about it. This article is the first one I have written in years. In explaining that, I think that makes my point.
As my title states, I want to discuss how the pandemic has affected children and their parents. I want to say that some parents' opinions that I have watched as they whine doing interviews on many news networks or social media platforms have disappointed me as a fellow parent raising kids through this pandemic. It seems that many families are finding it difficult to make the sacrifice of keeping their children and school staff safe as we are in the deadliest pandemic we have ever experienced. Was that blunt enough? The mental effect of keeping children home is driving many parent's and apparently the kids out of their minds. Although, I have yet to hear from one child in these interviews. I am not saying they have not talked alongside their mommy, but, unfortunately, I have not seen one, and even if I had, it would not sway my views on the subject. I am writing from my own experience as this conversation has occurred.
Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves and Then Answering Them From My Perspective
Instead of starting with my obvious opinion. Maybe I should ask a few questions that I have and then answer them from my own point-of-view? I will keep it to a minimum of three. You may answer in the comments section if you would like.
1) Do you have a friend, family member, or frankly, just someone you know that has died from COVID19?
I ask this question because I believe it is the most obvious reason we must go by specific set rules during this pandemic – one of them is keeping your kids at home for now and allowing them to participate in a virtual classroom. I know many of you feel that kids do not die from COVID, but that is not true. It is indeed less likely than a person with an underlying medical condition. However, if you have been keeping up for about nine months now, you know that kids have died, and people who have had no health problems up until now have also perished from this deadly outbreak.
2) Does your political party or views play a part in how you think about this subject?
America has been such a divided country for a long time now, but obviously, it has escalated in the last four years as the White House's current occupant has taught division daily. Here lies what I believe is the root of many pandemic problems, not excluding the opinions regarding the children staying or going back to school.
I understand that if you are all in with the Republican party and Trump, then you may have believed every word coming out of his mouth even though, I think, deep down inside that you see it is a false perspective. Yes, the president got the virus. However, do not be fooled by his recovery. He had the best doctors and scientists 24/7 on his case. He had the experimental drugs at his disposal that no one else had. They are just now distributing the remdesivir to some patients, and we are still dying. My point is progress has been made. Vaccines are on the way, but until then, listen to your common sense. Do not listen to one political party. Listen to both and weigh the differences. Listen to scientists and then make your mind up through your own intelligence. If you do that, I believe the truth and answers you seek will be there. Believe them!
3) Do you listen and believe Science – more than that, do you believe the Scientists?
This subject has been an up and down rollercoaster ride. I admit that. I, myself, have even been upset with the scientists over this. I feel that politics, as much as the scientists have tried to keep them out of view, have had to acknowledge the back and forth for the sheer fact of continuing to do their job. With the current president, they have had to try and compromise with his rhetoric to keep on fighting this disease for us. First, they said we should all quarantine, and then they said the kids can go back to school if the guidelines are followed. And now, we hear that some areas are safer for them to return than others. It is an absolute headache. I get that. However, I am still on the original plan. If the numbers of deaths are soaring right now, even more than they were back in the Spring and Summer, then we should not believe that kids should go back into any classroom environment together. For the most part, scientists have stuck to a valid point that we can see is real -- we are dying, and the pandemic is still here.
Another Scary Truth to the Times We Are Living In
To close, I would like to use a time in history that I think will seal my point and make some readers angry for the correlation. I want to bring up the holocaust and Hitler. This time was not a pandemic period; however, it was a time strangled with political rhetoric and hateful views that made one type of people hate another. It was a time of division that amounted to an excessive number of innocent deaths because one man thought he was the leader of all. Maybe he thought he was the “Chosen One.”
Although Hitler was not a leader through a pandemic, he was a monster who brought tremendous division, and for that, lives were lost in the most tragic, violent, and senseless ways. Today, we live through similarities with this current tyrant, who sits in the highest position. Like Hitler, it does not matter who or how many are lost in his pursuit to remain on top. He needs to feed his ego, and he has not cared about the families he has torn apart at the border, the lives lost in this pandemic or the experts he has tried to puppeteer.
My point is that the time we live in now with this pandemic is not that different from Hitler’s time of murdering people during the holocaust. He did not care about your children. He did not send them to school, but he did send innocent children to the gas chamber. When you think about it and argue that we should be allowing kids back in school before we have a good flow of vaccines to counter this pandemic, are you not believing in a corrupt perception? Are you not helping Trump send them to a gas chamber?
Stop whining about your kids not getting the social interaction they need. For God’s Sake! We live in a time of rapid expansion of technology. These kids have plenty of social conversation. It may not be so they can touch each other, but really, is that the worst thing in the world?
Trump's Truth: Do You Believe Everything He Says?
For a final thought, I would like to say that I am not here judging any parent. I know how hard it has to be to try and manage the extra task of helping your children succeed academically at home. However, even when we take our children to school every day, we find ourselves trying to balance a lot of things as well. It gets easier when we get used to a familiar routine, and we find ways to manage the stress. Therefore, I believe it is as simple as that. As the children are required to study from home, do we all not have to work a mind over matter approach to everyday life to cope with our situations? The approach you take in finding a new routine is all that's missing -- in my opinion! Let's all stay safe and alive!
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© 2020 Missy Smith
Missy Smith (author) from Florida on December 06, 2020:
John, you are always so nice to comment on my work. I appreciate that. I'm not here often, but I feel it is time for me to get back to writing. I need to work some freelance to make some money soon, and there is no better place for me to dust the rust off than Hubpages.
The reason I wrote about this subject is obvious, I suppose. America has been in a dark place during this pandemic, and as a mother, I do have strong opinions about sending the kids back to school during this time.
However, we finally see some true hope here. Vaccines are coming, and Biden will be sworn in as president in January. If we can hold on, I think we will be on track to normalcy again. It is terrifying waking up here every day, though, and knowing you could very well be the next victim of the Rona. Of course, I am worried about my kids more than myself.
You should think about writing a piece on this. Maybe title it, Dear America. lol. The fact that your part of the world has not been affected by it as much but still knows to take strict precautions when there is a case that springs up speak volumes about what many people here need to realize is the responsible way to act. Thanks again, Friend! :)
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2020:
Missy, it is great to see you writing again here, even if it is an opinion piece that may be a little controversial. I feel that anywhere that still has as many COVID cases and deaths as the USA, and that are still rising should take all precautions possible until a vaccine is freely available. I am fortunate to be in a fairly remote island nation that has very few cases at the moment and those that are still active are in strict quarantine. Most states have had no new cases in weeks or months.
There has never been a case in my town and I don’t know anyone who has had the virus.
However, the Governments here are quick to act. A cluster of 14 in South Australia a couple of weeks ago caused the whole state to virtually shut down for six days until they had it under control.
At the height of the pandemic here, my grandkids were all kept home from school and didn’t return for a few weeks after it was declared safe again. Kids can die from it and even if they don’t get sick they can pass it on to their parents and grand parents, so they should be kept home.
They can do their school work online and talk to friends on social media.
As a concerned parent you are taking the right stand. This virus won’t go away by letting life go on as normal..strict measures need to be enforced until case begin to reduce significantly, and even then restrictions should only be eased slightly and closely monitored.
Nice work, stay safe.