We knew that this was our week! I am the last of the three Rees to receive my 2nd vaccination. I passed the two week mark on Sunday.
I send a text on Tuesday: "Let's get together! I'm open for Wednesday or Thursday. What works for you?"
Shelly's quick reply, "Wednesday. All day."
And then around noon on Tuesday this text from Karen: "I'm at MI post office trying to figure out what is going on with my change of address."
I pick up the phone because when texts are going back and forth at the speed of talk, I prefer talking. "Can you fit in a walk? It's a gorgeous day."
She says, "I need to find a bathroom first."
I reply, "You can come here." And so for the first time in almost a year, Karen walks into my home.
We decide we'll walk to Shelly's place. We're both vaccinated, so we can walk without masks and beside each other.
Thirty minutes later we call Shelly from her parking lot to tell her we're here! She asks, "Do you want to come in?" Even though we can gather inside, we decide that a gorgeous day like today must be savored. So outside it will be. She brings us water and cups since I'm thirsty. We give each other long hugs that we've been saving up for over a year.
Karen updates us on her ongoing post office "change of address" saga which began in November. Shelly tells her own post office story of the missing medication. We laugh like we always do and marvel that we're together, in person (not on Zoom or FaceTime), unmasked with absolutely no social distancing.
We talk about Shelly's upcoming Passover presentation to her scholarship ladies. And before long, we go inside Shelly's place to see her Passover plates and cups and learn about Passover Seder. It's been more than a year since we've gathered inside, unmasked! Our hearts are ecstatic!