Seeing traffic makes me happy. 🙂
Remember last year about this time? Everyone was home, too scared to go out, not sure what the heck was going on and texting neighbors to see if they had a roll of toilet paper to share because the grocery stores were out. So today, when I see lines of cars on the freeway at the end of the work day, I smile. I also found myself tearing up when I saw the lines at Dell Diamond and elsewhere to get drive thru Covid vaccinations. Why? Because it means we’re over the hump. We are no longer caught in the unknowns. There is finally, FINALLY a cure, a path forward with a finish line. All that’s required is virtually everyone gets vaccinated, but not everyone wants to get one, so how are we handling that at Sunrise Montessori?
In the beginning, I said I wasn’t going to get one. I had been exposed to Covid more times than I know and nothing ever happened, so I figured I didn’t need the shot. I have changed my tune. So much so that I’ve gotten the vaccine AND created a program to encourage our families and team to get theirs by offering a wristband in order to skip the mask wearing and temperature taking at our school. I am encouraging others to do something similar to get us to that finish line faster.
I created a wristband with our logo that says “Vaccinated for Covid” on it in bright yellow. If you turn in proof that you got your vaccination, you get the band from us. The bands only cost $88 for 300 on www.wristband.com if you want to share that with the powers that be at your workplace.
Getting vaccinated protects others from getting Covid, is free, gets us closer to herd immunity faster and prevents deaths/severe illness/time out from work/worry for loved ones/etc. In other words, getting vaccinated will get us back to normal that much more quickly.
There has been a lot of press coverage about safety. For those on the fence, here is a page on the CDC’s website that explains the safety, effectiveness and continuous testing procedures of the various Covid vaccines.
So why are we offering this wristband idea? Why did I choose to get the vaccine? Well, I’m not a saint. I got mine mainly so that I can travel freely and stop wearing a mask. I just want to lie on a beach in Mexico without worrying that I can’t get back to Texas. I also am really done with smelling what I had for lunch. Your reason to get the vaccine doesn’t have to be lofty. And you may never want to get one. I am willing to bet though that you’d pay good money walk into a store and not speak to someone through cotton and plexiglass (two people trying to communicate with masks and plastic dividers has give me appreciation for those with hearing difficulties!). Or have you or your child sent home to quarantine for a week because you got it. I miss how things used to be. I miss seeing people’s smiles. I miss shaking hands and not having acne on my chin and seeing loved ones and being able to stand in line with my fellow Texans who aren’t six feet away. I miss it all. I don’t want to hear about any more deaths, as I’m sure you don’t. And I didn’t want to get the vaccine because I didn’t feel like I needed it, as you may. But imagine how fantastic it’s going to feel once you can take your mask off permanently and luxuriate in the waters of normalcy. The finish line is going to take a lot longer to get here if people aren’t getting the vaccine. Why wait if we don’t have to?