Gradual Descent

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At first, the lockdown didn’t seem like a big deal. I didn’t have to travel for work which was a big relief. I was lucky enough to work from home and our company was doing well financially. As it went on, things began to deteriorate. First, my autistic son, who lived for going places like malls and other places, couldn’t go anywhere, which built up his anxiety. Then my wife, who had a healthy skepticism of our public officials, became depressed because she was certain of impending conspiracy theories. Then my daughters saw their high school years trashed between lockdowns, masking, and remote learning. Their grades plummeted and they have lost their vibrancy. As time has gone on, I have seen a number of what once were conspiracy theories turn into reality. I pray daily for the health and safety of our family.

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