Note: This column is in the June TT&C 2020 issue.
As I wrote this, I was sitting in the comfort of my home, complying with a company-mandated work-from-home policy. After weeks of working from home, I wanted to get out of the house, have some fun, and visit with family and friends. However, I knew that staying in my home was best for my health and safety. This COVID-19 pandemic is something the world has not seen in 100 years, since the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. Despite my battle with cabin fever, I realize that I am one of the lucky ones.
Tens of thousands have died from this virus already, and it’s not over yet. I think of the families who have lost loved ones, and the heartache they must be going through. I also think of the “essential workers” who have been told that their jobs serve a critical function, and thus must still report to work, risking their own health and safety. Some of these essential workers include members of my family and our toy truck club.
These essential workers include firefighters, medical personnel, law enforcement, food service and grocery store personnel, postal workers, utility workers, warehouse and shipping personnel, mechanics, and truck drivers, among others. All of them are needed to maintain critical infrastructure and support supply lines.
In compliance with the Massachusetts governor’s social distancing and stay-at-home advisory, we temporarily suspended the Toy Truck Collectors of New England meetings. Everyone looks forward to the monthly meetings, but we all understand that it is the right thing to do.