First off, the pictures aren't related to what I have to say (except, perhaps, on some strange subliminal level.
It's my calendar--suddenly filling up with Things To Do after over a year of blankness. Long postponed routine maintenance (dentist, eye doctor, etc.) And people getting in touch, planning get togethers, seeking a return to normal life. All good, all welcome.
The pandemic's not over. The new variant is continuing to spread--chiefly among the unvaccinated but there are reports of even vaccinated folks contracting covid.
So we are continuing to exercise caution, even thought we're vaccinated. I've had the unpleasant task of telling an old friend not to come to visit since she's not vaccinated. And I'm starting--though it's half a year away-- to worry about the Easter Party. At this point, I'm inclined to think it should be restricted to vaccinated people (except for kids for whom there's not yet a vaccine.)
But how to do this? Traditionally the event's been open to whoever shows up, no questions asked. But, as was true the past two years when there was no party, I don't want this beloved event to be a source of infection.
And, alas, at this point I know there are friends and habitual attendees out there who for reasons I don't understand (ie. non-medical) choose not to get the vaccine. Their choice, certainly. But if their choice has the potential of endangering our larger community, then I am left with a hard choice of my own.
Maybe things will sort themselves out before I have to make a decision. I sure hope so.