October 4, 2020

South Bend Tribune, September 14

 When the pandemic began, columnist Marshall King warned his aging parents that they were at risk, and he did their grocery shopping for them. When his parents started to venture out, they wore masks, and his father upbraided one person for not wearing one. But then they went to church, where some people didn't wear masks and others took them off to sing. Both of the Kings got COVID-19, and Marshall's father died.
"I tried to protect my father as he aged," King wrote, "the way he had protected me as a boy. I thought others would help more. I thought our society as a whole would be willing to do that more."