July 13th, 2020
This past Saturday was all about this guy. Tim's birthday was Saturday and we did our best to celebrate him because he is worthy of great celebration :) Woohoo! Well, we did our best given what we had to work with in this virus situation.
Since our birthday are so close together,we used to take a trip for our birthdays and celebrate our special days together! It was a lot of fun. Oh the places we have been :) Sometimes it was a long road trip Other times it was travel that required an airplane. Occasionally we just did a short drive over a long weekend that sufficed as celebration.
The point being that we had become accustomed to celebrating our birthdays, jointly, by being somewhere else. This year we very firmly stayed put. And it felt a little weird. But to be fair, with everything that's going on right now, it would feel a little strange to be somewhere else. I was asked recently where we were going on vacation this year. I looked at them in disbelief, "I don't know, Costco maybe?'
I know that some brave souls really still are going on actual vacations and good for them. I, however, am reluctant. Perhaps I'm just a scaredy cat or maybe I'm just lazy. But it's all the folderol that's involved in going anywhere these days. Having to clean clean clean and washywashywashy and masking and making reservations to even go to a museum. And then there is the "what actually is open where we are going?' question and the social distancing and well, it's just exhausting to even think about. For me, it lessens the enjoyment of the trip.
And so this year we didn't travel. Well we didn't travel very far. We got up late, relaxed and enjoyed a donut breakfast (yum!) then drove south and wandered around just seeing what there was to see. We did stop to check out a few model homes, masked once again, but some of them, although the sign said they were open, were actually not. Some had these big don't touch anything signs everywhere (I wasn't planning on it), a few had a limit on how many people could be in the model at one time so we had to wait for other's to leave, and at one the sales person followed us through the entire house. I reallllly do not like that.
Afterward we ordered chinese take out from our favourite local place and just settled in to watch a a little TV. There was cake involved too. Gotta have cake for a birthday.
Tim had emails and text messages and phone calls. There were cards and small gifts and I know he felt celebrated. Just a lot differently than we used to do.
It made me think about all of the other celebrations that we all used to do without giving it a second thought, graduations, promotions, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, anniversaries and so forth. I know a few weddings that are on hold until next year (hopefully) but I wonder how everyone is celebrating things that deserve celebration while still socially distancing? Is it all on Zoom nowadays?
Tim's and my birthdays are small potatoes. We are find with it being very low key. But there are some things, bigger event things, more momentous occasion things that normally take place on a daily basis. Are they all on hold? I am curious. How are you guys celebrating things that deserve celebration these days?
Meanwhile, Happy Birthday to my Sweetheart :)
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