So this insane election season will be over, probably, by the time you read this. And even if we do not know the complete tally of votes, and even if Trump has declared victory and tried to prevent the counting of all the legal ballots which were postmarked on November 3 and mailed in, arriving a few days after Election Day, we may still be able to breathe a bit easier and not be assailed and assaulted by all the vicious and often false attack ads on television.
And maybe we can stop having nightmares and sleep a bit easier, confident that our democracy has survived even four years of Donald Trump. And maybe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will have racked up so many millions more of votes across the nation that even Trump cannot call on the U.S. Supreme Court to try to re-calibrate the results.
Oh, we will still be counting the number of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, and the number of deaths from the virus each day as well. We will still be hanging on every word which Dr. Anthony Fauci utters, trusting him to tell us the truth about the risks of the pandemic. These are numbers which will haunt us for years to come, and we will still be wearing masks, staying home, ordering food delivery to our front doors, and working from home on our computers.
We will have to arrange virtual weddings and graduations and funerals and shivah calls on our computers, and classes will still be virtual because of the high numbers of diagnoses of the coronavirus. Those of us who have not been able to be in the company of friends or family for many months will still have to depend on phone calls and virtual religious services in order to catch glimpses of our connections. Some may have developed “pods” and have safely been living in several rooms with children or grandparents or even friends who have been tested and found negative for the virus.
Some of us have had only our pets for company all these many months, and the cat food and dog food supplies are being delivered by Chewy and Petco and others. Groceries are being brought to us by Instacart and Mercado and Doordash and Grubhub and Uber Eats and restaurants which even have their own delivery service.
Who would have thought that we would all have become so proficient at ordering on-line in such a short amount of time? And reading newspapers and magazines on-line as well.
We have been binge-watching the latest Netflix and Amazon Prime and Peacock and Disney series and movies and recommending the choice ones to our friends. We might even be catching up on old television shows which we once enjoyed watching each week. And there are free classes and art museum tours and travelogues that are being offered to us each time we head to our computers.
We console friends who have to venture out with masks and gloves to drive their husbands or family members to doctor’s appointments, to rehab sessions, while waiting in the car for them in order to avoid entering the hospital or doctor’s office and being exposed to unseen germs. Exhausting work, as it turns out.
Many of us have been busy making phone calls to remind people to vote or to run in their
mail-in ballots at special locations which have ballot boxes on their premises. And there have been literally hundreds of invitations and solicitations to subscribe to political Zoom webinars for your favorite candidates, from across the land.
Award-winning actors and directors and producers have pulled together reunions of top-rated Broadway shows and have organized on-line “readings” with the original casts, since there is no Broadway this year. Or perhaps even next, depending on New York’s infection numbers. And movie theaters may find it more profitable – and safer – to sell their films on television sets instead of in theaters which require gallons of hand sanitizers and Clorox or Lysol to spray everything, and plastic shields installed everywhere to protect employees and guests if they should ever open up again to the public.
It is difficult to perceive of a world without COVID-19, and it is probably premature to do so this week. But it is not too early to dream about a world without political harangues and unwise rallies where thousands of people, maskless, get exposed to the COVID-19 virus. That should make us all a lot more comfortable with a lot less anxiety and stress, devoutly to be wished.
Bonnie Squires is a communications consultant who writes weekly for Main Line Media News and can be reached at www.bonniesquires.com. She hosts the “Bonnie’s Beat” TV show at
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