|Leaves are changing color
I took this picture earlier today as I began my walk home through Cornwall Park, after having visited the coffee shop and enjoyed my daily latte. It was a bit more crowded than I was comfortable with, but most people got their coffee and/or food and left quickly. Everyone was wearing a mask, but when you sit down to drink your coffee, you need to remove your mask. I couldn't help but think about that schoolteacher in California who lowered her mask to read to a class of elementary school kids and, through that action, infected more than half of the classroom. That means that this new Delta variant is incredibly contagious, and although I'm vaccinated, I don't feel nearly as safe as I did before.
I'll be in line to get a booster as soon as they make it available to me. I know it seems a little selfish for those of us who are already vaccinated to want even more protection, but at my age (and never having been tested for antibodies), I'll take whatever additional protection I can get. Our hospital is already seeing enough new infections that they are asking anybody who doesn't need to go to the hospital to stay away. This new surge is really worrisome.
It's obvious to me that, with such an incredible number of new infections every day around the entire country, there will be more variants to deal with in the future. Will we ever be truly over this pandemic? I'm beginning to wonder.
We are, however, just beginning to enter into my favorite time of the year: fall, when the leaves turn glorious colors and the air seems fresh and clear in a way it never does during summer. Sometimes we'll have Indian Summer for as long as a month, and I'm holding out hope that this will be one of those years.