March 8, 2021 Message
Dear Members and Friends,
Getting away for some vacation time affords the opportunity to reflect a bit on this past year. I am very mindful of how thankful I am to have Annie in my life and that being socially distant from community… reminds me of how important our primary relationships are to our health and wellbeing. Those who have been totally isolated by this nightmare should be foremost in our minds and prayers! ...and having one night away with part of our family reminds me of how precious they are and how we miss being able to recklessly love each other with time spent in close proximity, laughing together, showing signs of affection (hugs and kisses on the cheeks)… things I shall not take for granted ever again! ...and the picture in my mind of seeing Tristan snowboard for the very first time… priceless!
The crowd at the snow resort we went to yesterday reminded me that we are going to have to temper the celebration with caution. 13 parking lots full, with cars lining the roadways… hotel full, water park, full… tubing area, full… lines at the ski lifts… full. Although almost everyone was wearing a mask (warmer for one thing), it still shocked me to see so many people together in one place and not necessarily outside where it is considerably safer. We are all going to have to be cautious in our celebrations! We have all come too far (an entire year) to get sick now.
So, celebrate the fact that we have THREE vaccines that work… but make sure to get one! Celebrate for the small business owners who will be able to open to the public and get back to making a living… but use your common sense in closed spaces… and wear your mask for others! Get together with family, but remember those who are still vulnerable and that COVID19 is potentially very destructive. Its long-term impact is still a mystery, so celebrate within reason. Limit close contact over long periods of time. Pick outside activities when possible. Watch out when you are eating together… and a meal shared at home is still safer than “eating out”! Celebrate… by all means yes! But be cautious (remember what mom said, wash your hands!)
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