Peter and I went to a birthday party. (Remember them?) Ten vaccinated residents of our condo gathered in one of its largest units to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of a neighbor. I co-chaired the two-person-food shopping committee. Others took care of the cake, flowers, decorations, and entertainment.
I wore a special sweater that I hadn’t taken out of its drawer since the start of the pandemic. I put on lipstick. Unmasked, we could see each other’s smiles. We sang silly songs and found good words starting with every letter of the alphabet to describe the birthday “girl”.
No brass bands. No heavy drinking. Just a reminder that good times lie ahead.