Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, I've told my family who live in another county, that I will not be joining them for Thanksgiving. Not only do they not follow protocol but they insist on hugging and kissing everyone on the cheek. Even my 95-year-old grandfather! They're upset and trying to guilt me into going, how do I stand firm?
Solo Turkey Day
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Dear Turkey Day,
I’ve been hearing a lot of this. I get it. People are sick of social distancing and self-isolating. They want to get together with friends and family, especially around the holidays. Even though, in other years, those same people might be grumbling about getting together with said friends and relatives.
Who knows? Maybe this crisis has helped us to re-set our priorities. In any case, some people have decided that it’s not really dangerous to get together, maybe it’s just a hoax, or it’s okay as long as you know the people, or they are related. We’ve all heard the rhetoric.
But the question you need to ask yourself before you get guilted into anything is, how will any of you feel if your 95-year old grandfather becomes ill? I might not worry so much about myself, but I certainly don’t want to be Typhoid Mary (or Edda).
And this way, you get all of the leftovers to yourself!
Edda is not a medical professional but a local lady who loves to give out advice, even when it's not asked of her. Submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org for Edda to answer.