I find myself in a quandary (nice Q word) today. Do I start this post with the mathematical part of the equation? Or do I start with the “cautionary tale” part of the equation? As a guy who barely passed freshman-level algebra, but who was able to write a decent tale since the 4th grade, I’m going to go with my gut instinct.
The cautionary tale involves good deeds gone terribly wrong.
A couple of years ago, The Feeshko, selfless soul that she is, befriended a semi-homeless, 80-something year old woman. Since then, The Feeshko checks in on the woman whenever she sees her on the streets. She advocates for the woman when the woman needs welfare services. The Feeshko frequently drove her to the food shelf and to doctor’s appointments.
Last week, the homeless woman called Feeshko. She was crying and said, “please help me . . . I am so sick.” With no hesitation, the Feeshko picked her up, took her to the emergency room and helped her inside. The woman was sick alright. Last night we learned she tested positive for The Covid.
Thank goodness, The Feeshko is fully vaccinated, religiously wears her mask and has no symptoms so far, but still, she was exposed. And now, of course, I’ve been exposed to The Feeshko. Covid tests at the local CVS coming tomorrow.
In the meantime, I had to relieve my stress with a bike ride. Even in normal circumstances I keep a great distance from other people, but today I was unsurpassed. I’m one of those chronically healthy folks who feels confident I’d survive Covid, but I will take almost any precaution to not pass it on to others.
So here is the takeaway from this cautionary tale: “Some good deeds go with icky consequences. Be careful out there.”
Now, let’s move on to the alphabetical equation. The “A” will be represented by a video: