A Socially Distanced, Warmer (I hope) and One Week Later, Mother's Day
No major arts announcements today...just thinking about family..and how to work within social distance to create a small, first step opportunity to be together...
It was mother's day on Sunday and although we weren't able to have our family gathering outside as planned we all agreed we would aim for another mother's day, a week later and have a small gathering when the weather was warmer.
Kind of disappointing today. Can't remember ever having weather like this. Almost middle of May and it snowed this morning. An actual accumulation of white on the patio table and chairs. Snow on the tulips too. I rescued some droopy snow covered flowers and brought them in the house. Months in social isolation and snowing in May was a little hard to take even in Canada. But, end of the week, it is predicted to be around 17 degrees celsius. It will be beautiful outside for Sunday. That's good. Especially because we know to do this right it has to be warm enough to stay, I mean stay, outside in our chairs. Using the indoor facilities won't be an option. But still small step, by small step we are venturing forward toward this first little family gathering. Our plan will be for the max. of five of us to sit in lawn chairs in the backyard on the grass socially distanced with 6 ft. between our chairs. There will be cake, pre-cut before people arrive and disposal plates that we will carefully bag and remove right after we eat. There will be several helpings of hand sanitizer for everyone. We will be very mindful not to get too close to one another at any time and we fully understand why this is necessary and important. We are doing what we can but must remember we are not doing our usual all of us around the table, full out, mother's day brunch complete with hugs and kisses. We are living through a pandemic. I couldn't be happier about our upcoming socially distanced, no more than five people, outside on the grass in the fresh air, no one entering the house, family gathering coming up this Sunday. Besides, this afternoon the snow melted from the chairs and the patio table. The tulips in the glass look a little brighter. I know winter is out of here for good. Sunday is coming soon and so is family. It may be different and a little awkward but the precautions are minor when it means everything just to see my children and my mother if only for a short time and under strange circumstances in the backyard on a warm and sunny one week postponed mother's day afternoon. Love Cheryl.
Cheryl L. McLean Keeping Hope Alive on the Inside through the Arts during the Pandemic of 2020