April showers were once expected to bring May flowers but in 2020, April showers were to bring about May existence and expectations.
We had expectations to be on our way out of COVID-19, we would be getting to thinking about getting back to work, planning summer camps and vacations. For all the complications of the coronavirus, we had simple hopes – we wanted to get back to life. As April became May and now May becomes June, do we really want to get back to normal?
The news of the last week and the actions of a few, have made the expectations we thought about for weeks erase pale to the important expectations that never went away.
The week started with the Canadian Parliament being ‘shuttered’ for another month, then the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) releasing a report on the state of Long-Term Care homes in Ontario and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter protest because of another needless death of a black American.
Thankfully the week ended with hope.
The COVID pandemic gives hope that we will finally act on the care we give our seniors in LTC residences. The report from the CAF was scathing in the treatment seniors are receiving, the report also created the chain reaction of a call for action. All It took was for the army to come in to make governments sit up and notice. Ontario Premier Ford promised action; he acted quickly by taking provincial control of several private LTC homes and launching first a government inquiry and then an independent commission into the care and operations in LTC homes – finally, the action that families, unions and experts had wanted. Successive governments have responsibility for the state of these facilities, so now we have action that might bring hope the true expectations will come about in Ontario.
In Minneapolis on the third Thursday in May, George Floyd died after being held down to the ground by a police officer; it was a needless death and once again put the spotlight on police and race relations. In the case of death of George Floyd four white officers raised the voices of millions across the US and Canada. Expectations that improvements would ever take place in how coloured Americans and Canadians are treated might have been exhausted had it not been for a 20 something Black American state that it was his generation that had to act now. The generation of his parents tried and couldn’t affect change and the generation of young black Americans that will follow him deserve a better life and a chance at equality.
I wonder how as a society we cannot find a way to erase the hatred towards our neighbours, co-workers and fellow citizens?
I’ll finish with an expectation of hope; Space Ex successfully launched after a weather delay stalled the count a few days earlier. It marked the first launch of a spacecraft from American soil since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program ended. Space Ex this weekend launched and docked with the International Space Station. It will return to the earth and then the craft, amazingly will be used again. The Falcon 9 Space Ex rocket heralds a new age of space travel for the USA which has announced a return to the moon by 2024.
What makes this so exciting is that it could start a new generation of technology for space travel that will make its way back to earth. What we consider everyday at one time started as needed technology designed and made for space travel. Some of these products include the Laptop Computer and Mouse; the ear thermometer, foil blankets and wireless headphones. A list of 20 items is here on this NASA website: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.view.php?id=11358. Based on this list, I can’t wait to see what NASA (and Space Ex) come up with next! The expectations are as far as going to the moon and back!
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