Always remember we are under the same sky,
looking at the same moon.
Late one night I stood in the center of my patio and stared up at the moon.
We’re closing in quickly on two years of this pandemic and it looks like we may not get our old life back again.
Masking in public places will be normal for many of us. At our house, we’ll avoid events that might put us at risk. That low level of anxiety about a breakthrough infection may stick with me, because, despite statistics, people I know who have gotten sick post-vaccination report very scary symptoms, indeed. Few things are as bad as feeling like you can’t breathe.
Equally distressing is how the pandemic revealed so many Americans as selfish, clueless and just plain stupid. It’s not a pretty look and it does not provide comfort in our future. Who could anticipate there’d be so much blowback over mandates meant to keep everyone safe?
I try to remember that we are all under the same sky, looking at the same moon. But sometimes? It doesn’t feel like it.
So much for our golden years.
There’s no denying the reality of life today and it’s up to us to find a way to cope with it. I’m still working that out, given how big a role travel has played in our life.
We love to cruise, and still have one rescheduled for 2023. Will we feel comfortable at that time? I don’t know.
We love our little home in our hometown and hanging out there with loved ones. We even loved the winter snow last year, which we hadn’t experienced for a very long time. Yet, covid numbers there are not good at all. We planned to be there this Christmas but don’t feel safe doing it. We keep our distance from others who have taken risks we wouldn’t take. Will we ever feel comfortable being with others there? I’m planning to go alone in the spring for a writing retreat but we all hope to spend mid summer to late fall together there. Dogs, too. Will we actually do it?
Despite all those considerations, we are stepping out a bit more even now, but carefully. The introduction of Omicron is something we now have to consider, too.
Had a very safe two nights on the Monterey peninsula and will have two more in San Francisco next week to see the city in its festive holiday attire. Considering that it does get chilly in San Francisco and outdoor dining may not be practical, we may have to maneuver a bit. I am big on room service. Yes, exorbitantly overpriced, but what’s a girl to do?
Maui is on the February schedule, with some of our favorite people. We’re staying at a friend’s place and we’ve been so many times we know how to stay safe. So we feel good about it. The thought of a whale watch and a snorkeling trip are exciting!
Yellowstone under discussion for early June. Since it’s all about outdoors, right now I’m pretty ok with that, too. But I did want to go on some nature walks that will involve others so …
You know how some restaurants do a “soft opening”? You might say that we’re doing a soft opening of our post-pandemic lives.
We’ll see how it goes.