Having a birthday during a pandemic is an interesting, to say the least, experience. I can’t even remember what my age is as of this weekend. However, I will remember wearing a face mask for it. I will remember my smile having to come through my eyes. Tyra Banks, in America’s Next Top Model, used to call that smizing. Good thing I learned that lesson.
I will also remember my deep-seated hunger to be outside. I wanted to be out in the sun. I wanted to walk on and on. Thus, we went out hiking on a gorgeous trail outside New York City. What surprised me was that there were hundreds and hundreds of others out there. Everyone else was also hungry.
What surprised me even more was that there were about a third of people not wearing masks. As a healthcare worker I was a bit out of sorts. This is not over. We are still seeing many sick people.
Despite that shock, I embraced the sun, the pebble paths, and the sounds of the cascading waters. Normalcy is what we all want. In due time. But for now, some sun will help the mind.