Is anyone else nervous about a return to normal?

maine coon on a sofa
Olive has given me great comfort and company during COVID-19.

After spending March 2020 through April 2021 mostly at home, quietly in solitude, reading, writing, packing and unpacking because of our move, I have been more social the past two weeks (post vaccines) than in the past year. It’s fun but tiring and stressful, too.

Tomorrow my son, his girlfriend and a sister come for a long weekend. It will be their first visit to our new home. Last weekend, we got together with friends from Palm Springs who we discovered moved less than five minutes from our new house. A few days before that, we got together with a Palm Springs couple from our old neighborhood who were visiting Arizona.My daughter also managed to drive down from the Bay Area for her first visit at our new home. So much socializing and I’ve been used to solitude. It’s a weird feeling. I enjoy the interaction, but it’s almost as though I’m afraid to get out and it’s more tiring than I remember.

My son told me that since he’s now fully vaccinated, he’s going for it. He said it’s the only way to get past the shelter in place feelings. So they are flying and coming here. Of course I can’t wait.

Then for Mother’s Day, my daughter bought me a ticket to fly to Seattle. My mom is in assisted living up there a few miles from where the first bad COVID breakout happened in a nursing home. I missed my mom’s 88 and 89 birthdays due to COVID and I did say the first thing I wanted to do when things were normal was visit her. I called the home and they said all restrictions are off for in-person visits. I cried, I was so excited.

My daughter said that our son was bragging about “winning” my birthday with the best gifts, so she had to step up her game to “win” Mother’s Day. I kind of like their competitive spirit when I’m the one benefitting from it. I’ll get to see Mom and my Aunt, too (mom’s little sister). Plus, I get to see my best girlfriend from college days.

It’s a dream come true, but I’m filled with apprehension. The idea of the airport, plane getting a rental car seems overwhelming. But I’ll do it.

Cactus Arizona sunset
Sunset in the neighborhood.

What are your thoughts about returning to normal? What did you like about sheltering in place?

9 thoughts on “Is anyone else nervous about a return to normal?

  1. So happy for you to be able to see everyone. Think about the mask just to be sure around others. My son moved a few miles from me and until he finally got his two shots he wouldn’t visit. We are careful who we allow in our house. I still feel apprehensive about going out amonst people, but will have to bite the bullet and venture out soon.

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  3. Your sunset picture is really pretty (I love it). I like this post. I definitely learned a lot during this pandemic. Once upon a time, such a thing as this lockdown was not easily comprehensible, but it did happen and the whole world was affected. I think it will revolutionize how we do things moving forward for sure. Sheltering in helped me to work on my relationship with God. Many others also did this. A lot of people found God during this lockdown, because many people ran out of money, ideas etc. But God was able to come through for them, and there was providence. I understand that many people are nervous / have anxieties during this period. It is helpful to talk to someone you trust. it is also helpful to talk to God (since God has the power to change things).

    Philippians 4:6 says – 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    Jeremiah 29:11 says – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,โ€ declares the Lord, โ€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Give it all to God in prayer and ask for his help. I am sure that he would love to hear from you. Building a relationship with God is always a great idea, and I have a post on it here:
    Besides building in a relationship with God, there are other issues that might come up, I address these in my blog posts. You are welcome to follow my blog to stay up to date with that information.

    -Put your mind at ease and trust the Lord.
    -With best wishes from Christ Centered Ruminations.

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