For more than a dozen years now, our son Jeremy and his family have lined up in the same position on their front porch for a photograph on the first day of school. This year, the first day of school wasn’t at school. But a tradition is a tradition, so they lined up for the picture anyway and texted it to their grandparents.
When we saw it, we were surprised that, Grady, our younger grandson, who was a regular-sized kid in last year’s photo now towers over his mother. We haven’t seen him since last Thanksgiving.
At the start of the pandemic, I was sure it would be over by summer and we could go to see them in person. Then I was sure it would be over by the start of school. Now, I worry that there is no safe way for us to be together for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.
In the meantime, September in New England will be gorgeous. We will take it one day at a time. Or for Peter and me, one step at a time.