Who knew when I picked my One Little Word, MAGIC, last December, that we would find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic and become so isolated. Crazy how the world has changed in these past months.
I could list all the things I've missed this year--and trust me, my notebook contains lists--but there was still lots of MAGIC to be found!
- Technology saved us. Video chats with family became a lifeline. Video happy hours were a hoot.
- We watched last spring arrive with anticipation. We noted each new sign of spring: buds on trees, the arrival of the robins, how the sun seemed warmer each day. We often sat outside in the sun, still in winter coats, and drank a glass of wine, talking about what we would do when the weather was warmer.
- We appreciated going to the lake like never before. It became a place of safety and refuge, where we could still see family and friends at a safe distance.
- We took advantage of warm weather and made a couple of road trips with our favorite traveling partners. A week in South Dakota in June, and a long weekend in Bayfield, Wisconsin in September, kept a sense of normalcy to the summer months. Greg and I also took a couple of day trips where we could do things outside.
Of course, summer and lake time had to end and we are once again sticking close to home and isolating as much as we can. Both sons have had COVID--both on their birthdays! How did they manage that? And since the oldest and his family are still experiencing the effects of the d^*n virus, we decided to postpone our family Christmas for now.
But the MAGIC continues:
- Winter walks have become my salvation. It's fun to walk and pay attention to what's happening in my neighborhood. There are several Little Libraries that have sprung up and I've been adding to them. I watched and smiled as people put up Christmas decorations a little earlier than normal. And my favorite is hearing the kids play outside and the laughter and giggles they lift up into the world.
- There is beauty in the aftermath of snowstorms. Although walking will be a little difficult at times. I did buy myself some new "sneaker boots" and hope they will help keep me on my feet.
- Technology is once again the MAGIC that connects us. We'll still video chat with the kids. The grandkids like House Party and will check in with the old folks once in a while. There's a couple of online concerts we might check out. And, of course, movies! Lots and lots of movies.
The only dark spot that I can't find the magic in, is losing our beloved Chloe to cancer on Thanksgiving day. She made our days brighter and always gave us something to laugh about. That was her magic.
In her memory, a couple of my favorite posts about her (you don't have to read them all-they're mostly for me):
- The first blog post I ever posted on this blog: Puppy Kisses.
- Her ability to eat anything! Goat Dog
- Chloe's take on her favorite place in the world: Lake Life, Chloe Style
- Post after her first year: One Short Year
- A story about Chloe and Max: Heartshots
- The first post Chloe wrote for the March challenge: Doin' a Happy Dance
- And the last: Welcome to Coffee With Chloe