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BEEN IN THE THICK OF IT
You seem like a levelheaded type of person, so I thought you might be good to ask. How am I supposed to just go back to the life I had before Covid?
More and more places are removing mask mandates and they said they’re even making us go back to work in person soon! I just don’t know how to feel about this!
It takes a bit to get me excited. I can’t say Covid was ever somethin I got worked up about. Humans have made it through a lot, and this one wasn’t goin to be the one to get us. There’s been some hard times, but we’ve got a handle on it now. And anyway, when it’s my time to go, there ain’t gonna be a lot I can do to change it.
There’s a lot of science types and doctors workin on figurin this stuff out. If they weren’t pretty confident that they know enough to make changes, I don’t believe they’d be lettin it happen.
Also, I know some folks are worryin about goin back to work soon, but I think you’re ignorin that there’s been plenty of essential workers in person from the start. Even though you’ve been holed up in the house, the folks deliverin to you have been in the thick of it.
How you do it is this: Wash your hands more often. Keep your hands off your face. Don’t get so close to folks, and stay home if you ain’t feelin good. Just go on with your life from here. Simple as that.
My kid decided he doesn’t want to go to college. He doesn’t think he needs school; he’s just going to go straight to work. He keeps saying he might not even finish high school, because he’s already got a good part-time job with a ranch outside of town, and he thinks that can just be his job. What’s my next move here?
Well, I hope you didn’t come here thinkin I might say your kid has to go to college. I don’t believe every person is made for four years at a university. Bein a doctor requires school for a long while, but it doesn’t take a professor to teach usin a tractor in the brush.
But I am still on your side. Graduatin from high school is a non-negotiable. My dad woulda kicked me right out if I told him I was quittin. I wouldn’t tell you how to raise your kids, but I’m grateful that my dad raised me like that.
It’s happenin more these days that the person who gets hired to work as the ranch manager is the kid with a degree in wildlife management, or animal husbandry. Havin a job as a welder takes classes and certifications. Last I heard, they’re makin it where you even need to have a high school diploma if you want to work at a fast food joint.
Just remind him that he doesn’t have to be the smartest guy in the room. I’m not particularly brilliant, but folks still take the time to ask me for help. He just needs to find what he’s good at, and actually cares to do, and be the best he can be to make a career out of it.