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Letter: My dad is fighting for his life because he kept seeing us

FILE - This Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, file photo shows the emergency room entrance at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Jason Redmond, Associated Press

As I am writing this, my father is laying in a hospital bed alone, fighting for his life. He took many precautions, except one: He kept seeing his adult children in person. COVID-19 seemed so far away, and after all, this is family. Family is safe. I spoke to him a few days ago when he could still talk. He said, “I didn’t realize how serious this could be.”

People say, “This is just the flu.” Maybe so, but I’ve never known anyone who died from the flu. This year, I can name five.

We make plans to see loved ones. We say, “I’ll take my chances,” but before you do this Christmas, ask yourself: Would I like to see my family just one more time or for many years to come?

It is a sacrifice to love family from a distance, but it is a sacrifice for the happiness you expect to have together in the future.

Merry Christmas — may we all be healthy this holiday season and take precautions needed to keep others safe.

Natalie Christensen

Cedar City