After days of driving, Don and I arrived in Sacramento. We pulled up to the new home of our son and our daughter-in-law. I grinned as we walked towards the house. Don and I haven't hugged anyone else in a half year.
It always feels good to hug our kids when we haven't seen them in a long time. It's been 10 months, but seems longer. Our extra long hugs were in response to the last 6 months. The pandemic has made us all miss each other, so much more.
It felt so good to be inside Scott and Chali's home, after days on the road. We've all been prepping for this no-mask visit.
Scott and Chali even turned down moving help from friends, to limit exposure to others. They still had lots to unpack, but we had a great time enjoying their new home. It also felt wonderful to hug little Lola! I haven't snuggled an animal in all these months.
All 4 Kids
The next day, Don and I drove to Ashland, Oregon. We had booked a mountain-view house for a week. We couldn't wait for all to arrive.
It felt amazing to hug our daughter and son-in-law, after 10 months. Best of all, I got to stand back and watch the 4 kids hug each other.
I'm so, very glad that we decided to make this reunion happen. After months of chatting and laughing and sharing on Zoom meetings, we 6 finally came together in person.
A few months ago, we talked about how to attempt a gathering, during a pandemic. I remember Heidi saying, "We need to plan a way that we can safely get together, without masks." For weeks ahead, we all quarantined, but road travel, a surprise move and a doctor's visit, made things tricky. We did the best we could possibly do and now we're together!
The best hugs, are the ones that come after pandemic isolation!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!