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These are scary times

Editorial by Ms. Doyle

 One might say that is a statement most would agree upon given the world’s current fight with COVID-19. However, it did not really hit me how monumental the fight with this virus was until my father said something to me the other day that I doubt I will ever forget.

 “This is the most significant historical event of my entire life.”

 My eyebrows shot up at this statement. The unspoken question of “really?”, plainly written on my face because my father nodded his head and started explaining his viewpoint. Holding up his fingers, one at a time, he started ticking off some of the things he had seen in his time on this earth.

 “During the Civil Rights movement, when schools were desegregated, I was one of the white students bused to a black school for integration. Neither my older brother nor younger brother were made to switch schools, but I was.

 I’ve lived through Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy and John Lennon’s assassinations.

  I watched as they put a man on the moon for the first time, and I watched them send our men to Vietnam.

  I watched the first Super Bowl, the LA Riots and the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island, which turned out to be the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

 I’ve seen crack cocaine take over the streets, the introduction of AIDS and the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II.

  I even watched the first “live” mass shooting when Charles Whitman took over the University of Texas’ clock tower, killing 14 people and wounding 31 others.

  I watched as Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and wound more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide at Columbine High School.

 And, I watched in horror with the rest of this world as terrorists flew planes into the towers on 9/11.

  I moved all over this world because my father was an Officer in the Air Force, and I later joined the Army. I’ve been deployed on missions, and I’m a veteran of war.

 To top it all off, I’ve seen and done things I can’t even tell you about because they’re still classified.

 Despite all of that, COVID-19 is still the most historically significant event to take place in my lifetime for one reason—it’s affecting every continent on this planet except for Antarctica. Literally, the entire world is being affected by this virus.”

 Then he was done, I was utterly flabbergasted, but I couldn’t disagree with him.

 Sometimes, it’s easy to forget all the history my dad has lived through. Even more so a challenge to try and imagine what it was like living through some of it. Moments in time when the populace thought everything was going positively crazy around them. Small periods of time when some might have even wondered if it was the end of humanity… or the world itself. And perhaps, with all that he has witnessed in his lifetime, that is the reason why he loves watching history shows the way he does. There’s no doubt at all that my father is where I got my fascination for history from.

 Which is why I can’t help but wonder what my children and hopefully, future grandchildren, will say about this time we are currently living through. Even more, it makes me wish my grandparents were still alive to get their perspective on what was happening in the world.