I remember the polio quarantine of 1948 or 49. The worst thing for me, a 13 year old, was the closed swimming pool. I had earned a free pass the previous summer when my friend Jerry and I landed the job of cleaning the pool.
Guess what? That situation is just a past memory. One that I hardly ever think about. Now I remember, there was considerable damage. Several classmates contracted polio. Most cases were mild and the kids returned unscathed. Some were not so fortunate. The fastest kid in the class found his way to an iron lung and ended up in a wheelchair. But, most are probably like me and completely forgot about the brief scare. For most it was a short lived inconvenience.
The Coronavirus reminds me to be mindful of all the circumstances of life. There are many who are hurt badly by a circumstance they didn’t create. Life is not just about me. It is more about living together in unity with our circle of friends and acquaintances.
The current situation will also pass. It is an opportunity for all to grow wiser, stronger, more loving and closer to our God.
Frank Butler, elder