In early August of 2019, we surprised my mom and went home to celebrate her 80th birthday with my family. A few months later, we made plans to return in the spring of 2020. With COVID-19 and the shutdown, we were not able see my parents or my husband’s mom for almost 2 years. We’ve never gone this long without seeing our extended family. Seeing them after a long period of time was more enjoyable than I can express. Just sitting with my mom and catching up until the early hours of the morning was a cherished delight and blessing.
As I consider my fulfilling time with my parents, I also think about other everyday experiences we lost during COVID-19 and we are delighted to greet them again:
This life-changing pandemic introduced many limitations and we are easing back to a level of normal. Take joy in embracing these everyday experiences and pleasure in making new memories in the days to come.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it. – Maya Angelou.