For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12
So many of us miss out on so many commonplace activities during the pandemic lockdown, pre-vaccination. These are moments we can never reclaim. Yet, I find that, after going through the nightmare of isolation, I've developed a whole new appreciation for things I once took for granted.
Before the lockdown, my husband, Danny, and I usually eat out once a week. That habit comes to a screeching halt, and lasts for endless months. Now? Oh, what joy we take in sharing a meal in an actual restaurant! And since Mom's been in the hospital, eating out has become so frequent, we almost grow weary of it. That's how much I love Danny's cooking!
Shopping in person is another milestone to celebrate. Going to Publix or Costco, to see and touch the items we choose to purchase, feels as heady as a trip to Disneyworld. Danny and I are in hog heaven! What used to be regarded as a chore is now a delight.
But my favorite part of all? Ditching the masks!!! I've so missed seeing people's expressions, sharing a smile with a stranger, breathing freely once again. Of course, we still have to put up with the facade that is mask-wearing when we enter the hospital, but once in Mom's room, we are free to take them off. Does that make any sense to you? Doesn't to me, either, but I imagine that may be the norm for hospitals for a good long while.
I'm not going to debate here whether the masks and social distancing make any real difference during the Covid, but I am convinced that staying hidden behind a face covering, and keeping people six feet apart, certainly provoked the feelings of depression and loneliness so many folks suffer during this time. God created us to be in fellowship with Him and with each other. That has always been the "normal," and it will forever be so.
It's about time, way beyond time, that we see each other face to face!
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Update on Mom: Unfortunately, she is about the same, and certainly not doing enough PT to make regular walking a possibility. She is uncomfortable as she has developed some bed sores. My brother has to leave for Albany, GA, tomorrow, and we won't be able to travel to Oxford until Saturday. We've asked the nurses to make sure Mom's cell phone is charged up so we can at least call one another and give encouragement over the phone. These are crazy times, and your prayers are so very appreciated!