Yeah baby…Vermont is at 80%!

I put on lipstick this morning. Lip gloss actually. Normally and pre-pandemic I used to do so fairly automatically before leaving the house. A routine I gave little thought to until today.  Today felt different because it was different. Wearing lipstick or lip gloss has been problematic while wearing a mask. Of course, a very small price to pay. Silly even to mention but I noticed the difference. Not having to wear a mask so diligently feels wonderful. Freeing. I am relishing the steady thaw of restrictions. The assurances I feel being fully vaccinated cannot be quantified…

All dressed up and everywhere to go.  Not really dressed up as most days I am in painting clothes, but I am fully aware that the possibility exists once again. Still a bit cautious while variant wary. Certainly, more comfortable while vaccine protected. Shedding the past many stressful months will not be easy but I am sure ready. I headed out to buy some local strawberries early this morning without wearing a mask. They have never tasted sweeter…

As of yesterday, Vermont reported that 80 % of our eligible population had been vaccinated. The small state that could, did. Remarkable. First state in the country to reach this important liberating mark. Astounding. All remaining Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. Thank you, Governor Phil Scott…

Yes, Vermont is the land of Senator Bernie Sanders. A blue state by voting standards. As a staunch Democrat I am right where I want to be. Our governor however is a Republican. Remember respectable Republicans? He is just that. Phil Scott is a governor that put the health and welfare of Vermont citizens before any political ideology. The challenge was immense.  He did his job and then some. Governor Scott did right by the people of Vermont. Protecting those that call the Green State home was paramount. Grateful…

There was no great drama between Vermont politicians over the pandemic but instead a concerted effort to work together for the greater good. Left, right and conservative all reside here. When we all work together, we are better. Stronger. We accomplish the impossible.  We remember we are all in this together. Community actually means something…

 The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. Coretta Scott King

 

 

 

Author: Elizabeth Ricketson

A graduate of Providence College with a BA in English, Elizabeth Ricketson has always had a love of literature and the fine arts. Elizabeth’s essays focus on life experiences and life in Vermont.

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