It Only Took a Pandemic . . . . . .
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Before I start this blog I would like to say that this year has been, for some, a difficult year and for others a devastating year because they lost loved ones to this Covid-19 virus that no one seems to be able to bring under control. I have been fortunate in that I did not get Covid - 19 and no one in my family did either. I have friends who were tested and we all breathed a sigh of relief when the test results came back negative. I have other friends who have lost friends and loved ones and in a couple of cases I have friends whose parents were living in long term care homes and were tested with the results coming back positive. Two of my friends lost their parents to this dreadful virus and for them the fact that it was Christmas seemed to lose any importance. In past years I mentioned in a previous blog that my family became very competitive around the holidays and I was as guilty as anyone in that regard. This year was very different. We all agreed to dial it down a little and "meet" on Christmas Day over a variety of online choices. My Son and DIL spoke over Facetime and my Daughter and SIL tried Instagram. Both choices worked like a dream. We did not do endless baking and we did not wear ourselves out with mega shopping trips. We all agreed that one main gift and a Christmas stocking would be sent via the post office and if it got there by Christmas time that would be great but if it didn't then it would get there when it got there. If you knew my family you would be amazed that we all managed to agree to this new way of doing things. We talked, we remembered other Christmas Days and for some reason we all laughed at how silly it was to try and outdo each other. We also agreed that this type of Christmas would be our new and forever normal and not one of us whined about how much stress we were under. It was indeed wonderful but as I said in the Title of this blog - It only took a Pandemic to wake us up to how much love we had at out finger tips that we failed to take advantage of every day. I can only say that I am sending out my prayers and blessings to all those who were not as fortunate as my family and I were this year. We have learned a very valuable lesson and I guarantee that we will not soon forget it.