Slice of Life: We Didn't Know 14 of 31
It was good to get back out. We went at a time that wouldn't be crowded. Vaccines complete, it seemed that we could go celebrate a birthday. It had been a year since we had been out. A year since we had all gathered. It's not every day someone turns 70something. It seemed the time to go out.
A year ago was the last time we all got together. We cooked dinner at our house, but we had just been told schools would close by the governor; just a short time we were told. We were just hearing the virus was in the United States. We were just learning that there was concern about its spread. I remember having my dad over at the time and the entire family being extremely careful. It was obvious there was more going on than we realized.
We didn't know our world would be turned upside down.
At the time, we didn't know that would be the last time we would all be together for a year. It wouldn't be just the Fourth of July that would keep us apart, but also Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
We didn't know we would not only teach from home until spring break, but into the start of the next school year. We didn't know that it would be an entire year until we could attempt to bring all of the students back.
We didn't know that we wouldn't be in a grocery for many months. We didn't anticipate that toilet paper would become a commodity, that cleaners would be in high demand, and that bleach would become a hot item.
We didn't know we would reschedule a wedding from April only to find the next date selected would be even more of a challenge. There weren't any showers, no bachelor or bachelorette parties, and no indoor facility.
All those months ago, we didn't know we would learn to occupy ourselves at home. That in the months to come we would spend hour upon hour on our patios. That we would work puzzles and have family Zoom chats.
Hopefully a year from now we will be able to tell a new story, but time will tell. For a bit today, the world seemed a little normal.
It's March and I'm diving back into the March Slice of Life Challenge! Buckle in! This will be my 8th year joining the community (though I must confess to a two year break). Yep, some of the writing will be messy. Honestly, most of it will be messy. Thanks for stopping by. I'm excited to dive back into the madness. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting.