Well, here are, at the end of another month. It’s hard to believe, but 2021 is almost half over. Are we having fun yet?
Haha… I suppose the answer to that question largely depends on where you live.
We are slowly getting back to normal around here. When the CDC came out with their latest recommendations, Pennsylvania jumped right on board. Over the past few weeks, most stores and restaurants have changed their signage to indicate that masks are now optional for the fully vaccinated, and some smaller “ma and pa shops” have removed all Covid-related signs completely.
At first, people seemed hesitant to get on-board, and I only saw one or two people in stores without masks. Keep in mind, I live in an area where the general population is largely compliant with mask-wearing. Until just the past few weeks, it was highly unusual to see a person inside a store without a mask on.
But over the past week or so, I’ve seen more and more people out and about without their masks, and it’s so nice to see smiling faces in public again. Not only that, but people are definitely getting out and about more. Traffic is picking up, and when Becca and I went to the mall yesterday, the parking lot was full. I haven’t seen a full parking lot since Christmas 2019! It was bustling inside as well.
All that to say, the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is getting brighter. A lot brighter. I really do feel like the end is finally in sight.
I have to admit, there was a time when I started to wonder if there would ever be a return to “normal.” I know, a few months back, I the one promising you all that this day would come, but as it started to drag on and on and on… I honestly started to wonder.
But I am definitely seeing progress now, and I do believe by this time next year, Covid will be fully in the rear window.
I know I have some loyal Canadian readers out there, and if you live in an area where Covid is still raging and you’re still in lockdown, stay the course. You’re in the home stretch, and it really will end.
In other news, it’s been a big week here in the Shane household. Caroline finished up her high school courses, and her graduation is this Thursday. It has been a long, winding road for this one. Schoolwork has never come easily to her, and she charted her own path.
Senior year was especially rough, as she took on some tough courses that really, in the grand scheme of life, she probably didn’t need, but that’s just what was next in her curriculum. She’s looking forward to some downtime this summer, but of course college is looming. I pray that she can find a niche there and flourish, but if I’ve learned anything from my parenting journey, it’s that there isn’t one path that is right fore everyone, and that’s okay.
Only time will tell how it all plays out, but for now, we’re just going to focus on enjoying this summer. We’re looking forward to pool parties and houseguests, our Maine vacation in July, and just generally having fewer commitments and a more relaxed schedule. Now, if the weather would just get warm and stay warm, we’d be all set! #dontgetmestarted
So yeah, that’s about it for me! I’m off to get ready for church, and I’m looking forward to a lazy afternoon reading my newest novel. It’s cold and rainy here, so the perfect day for hunkering down with a good book.
Have a blessed Sunday!