A year ago, we hunkered down to weather a pandemic. The isolation, heartache and fear building with each day. We learned to wear masks, practice constant disinfection of our homes and hands as we avoided and washed away the virus that was unseen and not understood. Purchasing food now involved following arrows on the floor of the store to allow for 6 feet of distance from our neighbors and friends whom no longer recognized us as we donned masks and avoided all human contact. School, work, family events and social gatherings became remote affairs or not at all and we hunkered down more and more with each passing day.
A year later, Spring is upon us and our human nature is begging for an end to the dark days. With courage we will overcome and even thrive as we begin the season of hope, we always do.
As we emerge from all the precautions that sheltered us during a pandemic, I hope it is with renewed appreciation for the sweetness of our "normal" everyday lives. Enjoy the beauty of the blossoming Spring flowers, a long-awaited hug from a grandchild, chatting with a neighbor, whatever may bring you joy......emerge and thrive with renewed appreciation.