I had plans. All sorts of plans to write one of those month-by-month summation of the year past posts.
I would have written the post as much for me as for you, as I think you know by now that I do not remember my own life. There are no pictures in my head to help me remember. When Sandy or Pat come for their annual visit, I pull up photos on my computer from their last visit to show me what we did. Otherwise when one of them arrives I might declare "just wait till I take you to Hall's Harbour, you're gonna love it!". To which they of course will respond, "Oh I loved Hall's Harbour when we went there last year."
Exhibit A: Pat at Hall's Harbour. Tide in.
Exhibit B: Sandy at Hall's Harbour. Tide out.
If I haven't taken a photo of it, it never happened. And even then when I look at a photograph, it just proves that it happened, but my mind doesn't fill in anything surrounding that photo. No conversations or memories of other things we did... worse still ... no feelings.
|The Old Burying Ground in downtown Halifax|
Last March I flew to Ontario to visit family and friends. I'd booked the flight many months in advance. My timing was either appalling or fortuitous. I was due to arrive on March 12 and leave on March 19, BUT Covid-19 became "a thing" mid-visit. Still, I got to see but not touch many folk I love and care about.
A message from Porter airlines telling me to "return home immediately" meant that I flew home two days early. So I got to spend my 70th birthday doing something I love more than just about anything; flying.
|Birthday lunch at 25,000 feet !|
So, no annual visit last year from my chums in 2020 and let's face it, they won't be able to come again in 2021.
Happily I can still get together with a friend from a distance.
And life goes on.
I'm not sure what I set out to tell you.
Life is different and the same. I think more than anything I miss hugging. Covid has changed the distance between us but not between our hearts. Sounds schmaltzy but it's true.
When it's all done in a year or so will we appreciate so much more the things we took for granted before or will we quickly forget ?
I'm so glad spring is coming. How about you ?