Like many of my fellow bloggers, during this time where we’re self-isolating, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks to the grocery store, I’m finding it difficult to dive into my current work in progress.
I fear that anything I write will pale in comparison to the drama tragically unfolding hour by hour all around us.
But I do have time to think and observe.
The subject of heroes occurs to me. Earlier this year I taught a creative writing class (we still have two more classes to complete) and talked extensively about protagonists. We discussed how they need to be relatable but flawed in some way. And they’re always up to the task at hand, no matter the consequences or the danger.
We have them in real life. We always have, but it’s much more obvious now. The doctors, nurses, and health care workers risking their own lives in overcrowded hospitals, not able to access enough ventilators to keep up with the number of people suffering from Covid-19, unable to get the proper gear to keep themselves from getting sick.
As always, our heroes are also the law officers, firemen and EMTs that continue to work even though they’re putting themselves in danger of contracting the disease. And many of them have.
Less obvious are the people who are working in our grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and (thank heavens) the liquor stores. We also need to thank the truck drivers, the mail carriers, and
In our creative writing class, we also discussed bad guys. We have those in real life as well. We have the people who refuse or ignore the call to practice safe distancing. There are decision makers who refused to recognize the virus as a threat or moved much too slowly to mitigate it.
Then there are those individuals and companies that hoard needed supplies and profiteer from tragedy.
What we don’t have yet is a proper ending. We’re not sure what that would look like.
One of the many reasons we enjoy reading mysteries, especially in uncertain times, is that we’re pretty certain that by the last page, justice will be served and the heroes will be victorious.
But this isn’t fiction.
It’s real life. And it’s scary as hell. So, when you interact with our real life heroes, thank them and tell them how much they are appreciated.
Real life heroes, good on you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!