December 13, 2019.
I’d just returned from a fabulous NYC trip. My daughter and I shopped Fifth Avenue, dined out, enjoyed the holiday displays, visited Rockefeller Center, and happily sat in a crowded Broadway theatre.
We had no idea what was in store for the 2020 New Year. Couldn’t even imagine it.
No idea that some faraway virus would upend our lives.
No inkling that her 2020 NYU graduation would be cancelled.
Never fathomed that the Broadway we’d always enjoyed would shut down in two months.
And so it goes.
Here we are December 19th, 2021, still exhausted from risk calculations. The Omicron news brings flashbacks to 2020. We may be in a different, even better place, yet for many of us, our bodies remember the trauma and react as if it’s happening all over again.
The pandemic years have forced us to make peace with uncertainty. As a result, I’m less inclined to put things off, and more inclined to grab an opportunity when it arises.
So, recently, my daughter and I grabbed tickets to a holiday musical showing in Boston. We were all dressed up and ready to go when we learned that the show was cancelled.
Yet a strange thing happened.
Instead of utter disappointment, we were more relieved to find this out before driving all the way into Boston at night! Thankfully, the venue offered us the chance to rebook. So we grabbed that, too.
A few days later, we sat in the Wang Theatre among the other vaccinated or negative-testing patrons, all masked. Exactly 2 years from the date of our Broadway show.
I even wore the same dress to commemorate the milestone.
And while it certainly felt different, it still felt wonderful.
The shortest, and darkest, day of the Northern Hemisphere approaches. And yet, the winter solstice also means the days are getting slightly longer, though it will take a while to notice.
Tonight there’s the full Cold Moon to marvel.
And the annual Ursids meteor shower to catch.
This year, though, the bright moon will make it harder to see those spectacular shooting stars.
Don’t miss the show. ~