Three things.

Three things I am thankful for.

  • My husband, our sons, my daughter-in-law, friends, and our canine and feline family.
  • Science and public health that has kept us and much of the world healthy. Think readily available clean water and clean food, vaccinations for polio and measles and mumps and diphtheria and tetanus and HPV and COVID.
  • That t***p is not the president.

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3 Responses to Three things.

  1. Ksthleen Wslsh says:

    I too am impressed by the gift of relative longevity that has occurred as a result of scientific measures in the past 200 years. 200 years ago, people were just learning the importance of washing those invisible germs off the hands, especially before performing an operation. There is a You Tube video I watched last week on the rising mean years of life for world countries since 1819. It was hard to believe when the highest levels began in the 30’s then crept up to the mid 80″s. That means 50 extra years for most of us. Retirement at age 65 was based years ago on the actuarial calculation that most would only live about 5 years or so past retirement. Now people are living 20 years more on average. I heard on the news that cover-19 red ed American life span by 1.5 years for males and a bit less for females. That is another reason to embrace the recommended health measures. Mistrust came about in some of the southern black community due to a vicious fraud perpetrated on black men who were used in the past by government health officlals to see the long term effects of syphilis. A nurse pretended to give them treatment. Antibiotics could have cured the illness, but those men died in agony while data on their suffering was gathered. Indigenous people in Canada had little reason to trust our Canadian government as their children were used similarly in residential schools by being starved to see the effect of lack of nutrition on children, to observe the development of rickets, etc. Yet, by and large, our country is in a time of reckoning. The first vaccines to arrive in Canada were prioritized to the north and to any Indigenous people. Right on! There was only one or 2 outbreaks in the north and the government sent in teams of military nurses and doctors along with hospitals that they assembled on site. This is the way to regain trust, by doing the right thing. Mostly, aside from those 2 outbreaks which got contained finally, the Canadian north has come through this past year and a half relatively unscathed, and trust is being regained. The outbreaks did occur in those who refused vaccinations due to mistrust, but the communities are so close-knit that the effects on the communities from the choices of mistrust by some, relatives put pressure on all Indigenous northerners to get vaccinated, and then things did turn around.

  2. Gayle says:

    I’m right there with ya, though with daughters instead of sons!

  3. readknit says:

    My list would look very much the same!

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