Here it comes

Little darlings, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. It seems like years since it’s been clear.

Our Covid-19 numbers are going down! Once we receive a vaccine and give it time to work, we are told we can start getting together in small groups outside.

Little darlings, I feel that ice is slowly melting. I wonder if we will know what to do with our new freedom.

Yesterday Rob and I took a drive to Sauvie Island. The birds were out in force — snow geese, sandhill cranes, a pair of tundra swans, soaring eagles and kestrels up high on wires — and the sunshine.

Blue sky ahead

We were standing on a bird-watching platform when another couple joined us. Masked and respectfully keeping our distance, we all kept looking at birds and Rob clicked a few photographs.

“Nancy?” the woman finally asked.

We studied each other for a moment. “Karen?” I said.

We pulled down our masks briefly to verify who we were and then put them back up. I’m not vaccinated and I’m determined to get to the Covid-19 finish line without getting anyone sick. But it was fantastic to see my dear friend in real life! She has been one of the foundational blocks of my year in quarantine, showing up every week for coffee at 8:30 on Monday mornings via Zoom.

I don’t think I can understate how valuable it has been during dark and cold days to have friends that show up. Soon we’ll take off our masks, for real, this time, and spend some time together, for real.

Here comes the sun. And I say, it’s alright. It’s alright.