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“Is he a COVID baby?” The waitress asked my husband and I this question about our sixteen-month-old son, as he gleefully gobbled up a plate of French fries. We weren’t quite sure what she meant.
We laughed and smiled and she moved on. At least, I think we laughed and smiled. At that moment, my mind was a mess. With that question, this innocent waitress had unwittingly opened a Pandora’s box of emotion — trauma, fear, heartache and, ultimately, strength — that I’d only just managed to close a short time ago, as things got back (we thought) to normal.
The new specter of the Delta variant had brought this all bubbling back up and this poor waitress wrenched it to the surface.
Vanessa Santos pictured on vacation with her son in Michigan, (Vanessa Santos)
Yes, my son is a COVID baby. He was born in the spring of 2020, during the peak pandemic pandemonium. And I’m a COVID mom. There are thousands of us, maybe millions. We’ve been through the wringer, and we’re ready for whatever comes next.