Reason At The Centre Of It All
Tomorrow, Monday (October 12) is Thanksgiving Day and everyone has something to be grateful for.
If not for anything, the sole reason of being alive is more than enough celebration even if some people lost their loved ones, jobs and homes.
This year swallowed lots of people, all thanks to Covid-19, a Chinese disease as coined by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
The virus humbled both rich and poor, massacared whoever came its way. The pandemic had no respect for anyone. It was too rude to have attacked President Trump and his wife.
Even now, Covid19 is at its tipping point.
And as a health worker, you witnessed death and the horrifying way people die not necessarily from Covid-19.
During the week, a patient who had been bedridden for a while died by 1PM on Friday.
The patient could no longer talk but each time you enter, he has a smile on his face to appreciate your care. It was an end of life that disturbed your peace.
The death rattle (happens if the person can no longer cough out saliva and phlegm due to weak muscle),was terrifying not to talk of the Cheyne-Stokes breathing.
You have smelled death at a distance and seen people die before but this particular’s patient death, who I called ‘Baabaa‘ (father), was touching.
You saw him surrounded by his stricken wife and children to the last moment.
You see death and bodies in bags almost on daily basis.
That basically is the reason at the centre of it all. Even if all the Turkeys disappeared this year for reasons best known to them, you still appreciate God for the living and the miracle of sleeping and waking.
Thanksgiving Day is generally to appreciate God for the previous harvest in the United States of America and Canada.
According to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving Day is also an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.
Last week, a friend’s brother was kidnapped and eventually killed in Haiti after collecting millions of Haitian gourde (HTG) the family rallied round to cough out.
It was a terrifying experience. Every country has unrepentant hired killers and abductors who demand ransomed yet kill for no just cause.
People who got killed, maimed, abducted and died from terminal illnesses are not unholy or characterless but fate was just unfair to them.
Anyways, by this time tomorrow, all you want to do is possibly dance as the biblical King David. And just like a popular gospel act, Mrs. Tope Alabi sang,’ Oti Jesu pami o jare’ (I am drunk from Jesus’ wine).
On behalf of Gtechnews, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
And To my friend, Marc Frederic, my prayers are with you over the killing of your brother. Comfort always.
See you next week Sunday