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It’s been a long time since I posted on my blog. Life got in the way, but I’ll get to that soon enough. I had high hopes that COVID-19 might have tired itself out by now. However it seems the Delta variant is charging full speed ahead. Just when it seemed the vaccines would have kicked in and let us get back to our “normal” lives, the Delta variant has a mind of its own and isn’t interested in my hopefulness. It would be great if we could wave our magic wand and do away with the pandemic, but truth being said we don’t live in la la land and “normalcy,” whatever that might be, seems to be unattainable for many of us at the moment. I know it’s complicated and complicated means there are many contributing factors. So in the meantime we’re back to square one with masks and possible lockdowns all over again depending which part of the world you live in.

Presently, I’m struggling with the reset button in my head. Resetting my computer is a no brainer but resetting my state of mind is entirely another thing. I keep reminding myself that I live in a lovely apartment with my husband who miraculously survived a heart attack. I myself am recovering from a hip replacement. We’re both doing well, and what could be better news? We have food, books, television, computers and space to exercise. Every now and then we forget all the good things and sink into lockdown depression. It’s difficult not getting together with friends and family. For me, refraining from hugging is the worst, especially because we’re a very warm family and greet each other with hugs and kisses.

During these times, I think about my parents, my aunts, and uncles who were all Holocaust survivors. I think of each of their stories and unequivocally understand it’s time to snap back into my wonderful reality. I have a bed to sleep in, food to eat, a home to live in, the ability to video chat with friends/family - and so much more. COVID-19 brought us tough times, and it’s perspective I need so I decided to get a grip and count my blessings. I truly have a lot to be thankful for.

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