Letters to the Editor

Boats heading for different destinations

We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal: a moment of reflection, of reconnection, easy in flip-flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

In some homes a sole occupant faces loneliness. In others, family members are getting peace and time with each other — in others, quarantine means an increased danger due to domestic violence.

Some families of four just received $3,400 from the stimulus while other families of four saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to punish those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending a few hours a day helping their child with online schooling while others are educating their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

We are not in the same boat. Our perceptions and needs are completely different.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Diane LaDuke

Iowa City

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