It’s Monday again … which means another opportunity to chase wonder together as we continue to explore the theme of gathering.
Here’s the question: When is the last time you gathered with other people? What gatherings are you looking forward to this spring/summer? Have you felt any of the late-pandemic social awkwardness Charity described in Friday’s Wonder Report? What has your experience been?
Last weekend with my parents and brother. Looking forward to having both of my kids home next week. We have a museum visit and lunch planned, plus a visit to the grandparents. Yes, there has definitely been some awkwardness. I’ve never been a huge fan of small talk, but I seem to have forgotten entirely how to engage in it.
This past Saturday my two cousins and me, took our 91 year old aunt to an antique mall that also had a restaurant inside. It was so much fun. My activities for Summer are limited as that I will soon have my L. knee replaced. My R. knee replacement is coming along great. I only get to the grocery store. for a month my husband shopped for us. Due to little outside ventures, I have not noticed any social awkwardness. Returned to church May 2nd. Everyone is respecting each others choice in mask or no mask. So many in our church are totally vaccinated now. I am not worried at all. Trusting God and his perfect Will in ALL things.
As mentioned below, my husband and I are also very much looking forward to having friends over for meals. This is a big part of how we do life and I've missed it!
Looking forward to having friends over for long, relaxed dinners this summer - BUT (!) also admit to counting the days we have 'left' whilst restrictions are still in place here (UK) for all the jobs/chores/redecorating To Dos in a slight panic! (You can imagine how much my husband is loving this, particularly).
I live in Fort Worth, TX. I've not stopped gathering with family and friends. We have a son that lives near us with his family. We often get together-mostly on the weekends, but I babysit my 3 year old granddaughter during the week. We do not wear a mask. All our closest neighbors will visit with one another outdoors without a mask. Yesterday, I attended a birthday party that was held in the front yard of my next door neighbor and best friend. Her young granddaughter was the birthday girl. No one wore a mask. My parish has been open a long time. The adult group that meets for catechism classes or a C S Lewis book discussion is every Sunday morning before Mass. I believe this group began early this year. We wear a mask during the Mass. We remove the mask during the class because we are eating and drinking coffee.
When the COVID cases were higher people were more apt to be cautious. People have become relaxed because many of them have already gotten the vaccines or they've been sick with COVD.
No awkwardness. It is rare for people to talk about COVID or vaccines etc. People have adapted and moved on.
I have gotten my 1st vaccine. I am scheduled for a 2nd. My husband has declined to get one.
We both had COVID last November. I had a light case. My husband was more sick. He got COVID from a coworker who exposed several people.