When you sit back and think about where we’ve been over the last year, it makes you want to cry. How quickly we’ve lost so much. It’s hard to put words to it, really. But I’ll try. And I’d like to keep politics out of it.
But that’s impossible. Because when I’m out walking maskless with our dog, I might as well be wearing an “I voted for Trump” sign. The looks I get would scare anyone, especially if you could see their muttering mouths. They scurry across to the other side of the street, touching their mask to indicate “where’s yours stupid,” looking back at me with their head down and beady eyes. How has this become so political?
The problem, to me at least, is that in our lives B.C. (before Covid), we’d probably smile at each other and say “hi.” Now I’m the bad guy recklessly walking outdoors. Because in their mind, they’re right, I’m wrong, and there’s no middle ground. They’re following the science (really?). It is political—what a joke.
The problem for those of us who liked our life B.C., is the invasion has already happened. Those who have fled to beautiful coastal Newport aren’t rushing back from where they came. This is their new home.
Private schools have welcomed them (for a fee, of course), claiming they’ve stayed open for the duration of the virus. (The difference in how these schools operate is night and day as some feel like escaping to prison while another is doing as much as it can to make it actually feel like school.)
How will the exodus from cities affect you? Will they turn red states to purple? Will blue states become bluer? In Newport, it’s the humblebrag, jet-set, wearing sweat pants, sunglasses, and bags that easily cost more than a year of tuition. The separation between us is breathtaking on so many fronts.
Action Line: Now what? It’s a money problem: More taxes, more spending, less production, higher prices—a simple formula designed to separate you from yours. If you thought this last year was ugly, wait until the stock market crashes. When will it happen? Not my concern.
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