Updated: November 26, 2020 04:39 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 10:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — While the special legislative session has adjourned, work is far from over for state lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“We're going to do more in January, and we're working on the details of what that can look like, but we're clear this pandemic has been painfully unfair in any number of ways,” the governor said.
Some New Mexico families and businesses are resting a little easier after knowing financial help from the state is on its way, but even that fact doesn’t make the holidays any easier during the pandemic.
“My mother was really depressed today. She's incredibly lonely and I had to tell her that—I had to remind her that I haven't seen her for a year, and she, she broke down a little. And then I had to tell her the truth that it might be another eight or nine months, you know, as we get a vaccine out, and it's heartbreaking and I worry about my mom,” the governor said.
During these unprecedented times, everyone has someone they're worried about.
“I know how those New Mexicans are feeling. I feel the very same way myself,” she said.
The governor continued to urge people to celebrate with their immediate household and not travel.
“All of the public health experts, including your experts right here in New Mexico, are very nervous about tomorrow because it means that December could be much harder and much harsher,” she said. “But it's not tomorrow yet, New Mexico, so we have lots of time to get it right.”
This year, like many people, the governor’s Thanksgiving celebration will be virtual.
“I'm going to make my daughters and my fiancee's daughters jealous about how good my Thanksgiving dinner looks on camera as compared to theirs. So it's different, but I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as I can,” the governor said.
New Mexicans are all hoping the sacrifices made this year will guarantee an ever bigger celebration next year.
“Turkey, mashed, potatoes, yams, gravy, red chile and green chile smothered— It looks like a Thanksgiving smothered burrito at the Lujan Grisham house, and that is a must for our Thanksgiving.”
The governor said despite the struggles of this year, she has a lot to be thankful for.
“You know I'm thankful that my whole family is safe, and while I'm really sad about my mom, she's gonna be OK. And I'm thankful that we're more than halfway through this pandemic—and then I can see the finish line.”
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