Once again, sadly, I cannot mark the anniversary of this blog as in the past with a review of special moments from trips taken during the year. We continue to be in the grips of a pandemic whose tentacles of new variants attempt to snuff out our plans of returning to our “normal lives.”
However, even in the midst of this past year’s tragedies and disappointments there have been heartwarming moments, particularly the life affirming support, love and compassion of family and dear friends which are critical to anyone’s survival of this past year’s storms, In addition, there are reminders that while enjoying simple pleasures and small successes cannot totally replace our desires, but they can provide glimpses of what can be in our future if we continue to look forward – and hope.
Last year I looked forward to getting inoculated against Covid 19 – I am now and also boostered. I updated my list of future journeys and will continue to do so – planning a trip is also rewarding emotionally and physically. I gloried in those special experiential windows of spending a day at the pool with friends, or sitting down outside, and rarely, inside a restaurant for a delicious meal. Each activity included laughter, love and high spirits.
I have made it my goal to keep in touch with all those I cannot yet see in person – with promises of great big hugs and kisses when we do finally get together.
I have met and become friends with a number of fellow dog owners so my hikes and walks with Vee are even more fun.
Vee discovered the fun of swimming with the kids:
I have rediscovered the joy of reading books – last year’s pandemic onslaught had dulled my senses so that I couldn’t concentrate for very long.
I am thankful for every second spent with my family and friends.
I also want to once again thank each and every one of you who not only read my blog but send comments. I so appreciate your support and am so happy that you continue to enjoy my stories and photos. I promise to do all I can to keep you entertained.
May you all stay well and safe and I implore us all to most importantly, stay hopeful.