I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
He’s all you’ve ever wanted
And your arms are open wide . . .
Thought we needed a little Dr. Anthony Fauci fix today since we haven’t been seeing as much of him lately.
When it comes to the pandemic, he’s the voice of calm, reason, and truth. He’s the one we trust, the one who makes us feel better even when the news is bleak.
More than a brilliant public health expert, Dr. Fauci is now a pop culture icon, a sex symbol, and a personal hero to many. Brad Pitt played him on SNL, and Julia Roberts was totally starstruck when she interviewed him on her Twitter account. There’s even been talk of a Nobel Prize and Time Magazine Person of the Year. Oh, and did you notice he has blue eyes? All the best doctors do. 🙂
THE NIGHT OF CORONA
by Ann Barber
‘Twas the night of Corona when all through the world
Not a creature was stirring as the nightmare unfurled
The face masks were missing, the gloves and the gowns
The nurses and doctors were all falling down
The children and old folks were scratching their heads
To wonder what mayhem this virus could spread
Pa gathered his strength, Ma stuffed down her worries
Pulled courage together to start their new journey
When throughout the world there arose such a clatter
Of singing, and loving, though hearts were in tatters
We stood at our balconies, doorways, and windows
To let out the love Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus
The moon lit the green of the fresh budding Spring
Giving Hope for Rebirth we yearned it would bring
We opened our hearts and expanded our characters
Knowing our children would be the inheritors
When who to our wondering eyes did appear
But the good Dr. Fauci dispelling our fear
A lively old doctor so truthful and wise
We knew in a moment he’d tell us no lies
More rapid than eagles his interviews came
Knew we needed to hear him so he could explain
The virus, the distance, how not to transmit it
The challenge we’re up for, no doubt we can do it
The world just got smaller but we’re growing bigger
Our hearts and our souls demonstrate we’re no quitters
Our Heroes are Healers, not killers of Life
And many strong Women in the thick of the strife
May All who draw breath see God in Each Other
Embracing Our weakness As Sisters and Brothers
~ Adapted on April 10, 2020 from “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore, via Daily Hampshire Gazette (4-27-20).
Though he and the coronavirus task force have been essentially sidelined, Dr. Fauci continues to toil on our behalf, working 16-18 hour days keeping tabs on vaccine development, viable therapies and treatment options.
You have to give him huge props for his amazing equanimity in the face of all the disinformation, grandstanding, politicizing, and scapegoating coming from the WH. Dr. Fauci has never compromised the facts and isn’t afraid to contradict the President.
To quell some of my Dr. Fauci withdrawal symptoms, I’ve been reading more about him. By now you probably know about his impressive credentials as one of the world’s leading experts in infectious diseases, that he advised six Presidents, has 30+ honorary doctorates, has earned numerous awards (including the Presidential Medal of Freedom), and is known for his invaluable contributions to HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola and Zika research. He’s been Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
But what of Dr. Fauci’s personal life? Here are a few tidbits:
- Born on Christmas Eve, 1940, he’s the grandson of Italian immigrants. Grew up in Brooklyn, where he lived above a pharmacy owned by his parents. He delivered prescriptions on his bike while his mother and older sister worked the register.
- Attended Catholic grammar and high schools, and graduated first in his class from Cornell University Medical College.
- A lifelong sports lover (baseball, basketball and football). Has been a Yankees fan since childhood.
- Met his wife Christine Grady (Chief of the Bioethics Department at the NIH Clinical Center), when she was asked to serve as a translator during a conversation Dr. Fauci had with a patient from Brazil. He gave strict instructions for the patient to take it easy after being discharged from the hospital, but the patient refused to comply. Christine played a joke on Dr. Fauci by assuring him his patient would do just as he was told. When she was later summoned to Fauci’s office, she feared he had discovered her deception — but he actually wanted to ask her out on a date. They married two years later and have three grown daughters.
- Though Dr. Fauci is a diehard workaholic, he’s always been deeply devoted to and most proud of his family. When his daughters were growing up, he insisted on the family ritual of having dinner together every night, which often took place between 9-9:30 p.m.
- Although his daughters sometimes gave him a hard time for working so much, when he was home he was a “fun dad,” a “goofball,” who sang opera in the kitchen and danced around.
- His idea of a good time is being with his wife and daughters, noshing on wine and fried calamari, and going fishing.
- He loves to run daily if possible, either during his lunch break or after work. He claims it’s a great stress reliever.
- In a recent interview with Chef José Andrés, he mentioned his love for Italian food (al dente pasta with pesto or meat sauce), as well as a good old fashioned hamburger with french fries.
Also cool: Dr. Fauci has inspired some wonderful art, and we can also “get our Fauci on” with Dr. Fauci prayer candles, cocktails, mugs, t-shirts, socks, donuts, cupcakes, candy, bobbleheads, and plush dolls.
And there’s even some fun Dr. Fauci music. Enjoy this parody of “Mr. Sandman” by Carrie Dahlby:
Thank you for all you’re doing, Dr. Fauci. You are a light of wisdom and a beacon of hope!
With that, we’ll be signing off for the summer. Who knows what the world will be like when we return in late August/early September? Let’s hope for the best of all possible outcomes: a flattened curve with schools reopening, fewer people having to work from home, more restaurants, non-essential retail businesses and entertainment venues open, the economy picking up.
Wishing you a safe, healthy, peaceful, enlightening summer.
In Fauci We Trust,
all the other furry kitchen helpers
*ETA: In recent months, Dr. Fauci has been going on daily walks with his wife in lieu of running.
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