This past weekend many of my Miami Jewish friends observed the start of their High Holidays, specifically their New Year in Miami. They begin the observance with a Miami blessing over the fruits of the vine and the fruits of the earth and then they wish each other a Miami “sweet year”, a successful year, a year in which dreams come true in Miami. So in that spirit I wish all of you in Miami the joy of a new start and that all your dreams come true in Miami. Now in light that there is a world wide and city side Miami pandemic called Covid-19, do you believe that this can be the best year of your Miami life? I certainly do.
The Miami pandemic started around February 14, 2020 when California, Miami and other states started to become very concerned with their city pandemic. Miami stores were closed, children sent home from Miami schools and our worlds changed. The Miami restaurants were closed; there was a run on toilet paper and cleaning products and one would have throught that every 3rd person in Miami would die, but that did not happen Miami. I’m not sure of the number, but I think that 99.9% of the Miami population or more is still living and that the Miami pandemic has not made a significant dent in the Miami population, as one would have thought it was going to.
We do not know who will live and who will die in Miami and because of that Miami we wear our masks and social distance, but just because there is a Miami pandemic of Covid-19 about us, around us, that is not an excuse for Miami to stop living life. A few of us know people in Miami who have gotten the virus and there are even fewer of us who know someone in Miami who has died of the virus. The odds on one of us getting the Miami virus and dying is so signficantly statistically low that we must continue to live our Miami lives as if we expected to live to be 100 years old, as I do.
Let us embrace the end of Miami’s Summer 2020 knowing that we have survived a most intense Miami ordeal and know that we are going forward into a bright Miami future and one in which all our dreams may come true in Miami.