I remember so well March 13, two thousand twenty
Life was good and we had plenty
Then along came THE virus
To sit down beside us
Mentioning Tiger or Babe, you need only one name,
Similarly with THE virus, you need not mention it’s the same
I thought that this cruel joke would last a week or two
But this nasty bug was more formidable than I knew
My vocabulary grew by leaps and bounds
Words like COVID, hand sanitizer and ventilators were making the rounds
Let us not forgot the most important tasks
Social distancing and wearing masks
Days of isolation led to weeks to months and now a year
I could look into people’s eyes and see their fear
Every night on the news I would see the number of deaths rise,
Please G-d let’s stop this pandemic as tears poured down from my eyes
With the hours in my job drastically cut and nowhere to go
My wife and I took to streaming our favorite show
Children, granddaughters and grandsons we could no longer see up close
That is what we missed the most
The real winner during this time is that four letter word Zoom
I can stay in my house and visit anyone anywhere in their room
To me this technology is second place
I much prefer to see everyone face to face.
Besides my family, I had my second family, Beth El
As President, so much was asked of me with little to tell
They want to know if they can come in the building to see their friends and pray
Do I have to be the bad guy and say not today?
Believe it or not it has been a year, oy, what a year
But the good news is that the vaccine is here
Everyone will soon be going back to stores
And yes we will be reopening our doors
Being President of this congregation is something I will always treasure
Seeing how everyone has cared for one another during this pandemic is my greatest pleasure
Wishing that everyone remains healthy and well
As I always like to say, next year in Beth El.
While we can do nothing about this past year, we can look forward to a better tomorrow
We can be optimistic about our future and bury our sorrow.
I wake up each morning and really value living and life
And as always I never forget to say I love you to my children, grandchildren and wife.
Wishing everyone a healthy rest of this year and beyond. Thank you for everything you have done for our great congregation.
Ed Mishner, MD
President, Beth El Congregation of Baltimore
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