Thursday, March 11, 2021

SOL 11/31 and Sharing Our Stories: Celebrating March 9th!

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!

The Three Rees*! 
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  1. What joy this post brings! I can't wait to join into the world of total vaccination. I'm getting closer every day!

  2. I am so excited for you and your girlfriends. I wish I was closer. Remember when we walked at Ruth's conference in Indiana. That was so much fun. I'm so excited because I went back to church last weekend... socially distanced and double masked. I don't think I will ever take for granted again... having a friend walk into my house. Happy Spring, Happy Easter, Ramona

  3. Hooray for the Rees! So much joy in this!My second shot is the 20th...

  4. I'm so glad you got to use up those hugs you've been saving up for over a year!!

  5. I love this post. It is full of so much hope! I cannot wait to visit my parents soon - they are fully vaccinated and I will be soon, too

  6. A joyous celebration! I am happy for you!

  7. So wonderful to get to enjoy time with the people you love!

  8. Congratulations! I have a feeling more stories like this will be popping up!

  9. Congratulations! Everything seemed brighter after my second shot!