On the last Tuesday of each month, Honoré at Morning Glory Studio hosts us for a link-up for our monthly review of our One Little Word. Amazingly it's the final Tuesday in September; I think this month has been the fastest this year, and I can't believe it's over tomorrow!
My word for 2020 is savor, and over the past month, I've been noticing that the one thing I've been savoring more than anything else is time with my family. Now, I don't mean just my immediate family, because we all know we've been spending plenty of time together. I'm talking about my extended family -- my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law -- who all live within a mile of us but who we've still been pretty isolated from during the pandemic. We have gotten together occasionally in safe ways (outside, mainly, where we could be at a safe distance from one another), but as the days start to get shorter and cooler, I've become more aware that the time when we can do that is limited. The scarcity of our time together has thus given it more meaning.
In the early days of the pandemic, back when we didn't know too much about how the virus spread or how easily it spread, we were being extra careful. Passover fell shortly after lockdown measures were put in place, so we had a Zoom seder, connecting with all the extended family online while we had our festival meal, with food my mother had cooked and delivered in care packages to everyone in town. Everything was still new and something of a novelty, so it was kind of exciting and fun.
By this month, though, Zoom fatigue had become a real thing, so we have switched from involving everyone to smaller in-person gatherings -- again, safely distanced. We've resumed our weekly Friday night Shabbat dinners with my parents, though we only do them when we can eat outside. And for Rosh Hashanah earlier this month, we had a small dinner with my parents, my brother, and my sister-in-law on our deck, where we set up two long folding tables so we could all be properly spaced out. There was a lot of delicious food to eat and the weather was beautiful. I paused in the middle of my matzah ball soup to snap this photo:
In the Before Times, I really used to take it for granted that I'd be able to gather with my family for holidays and even normal dinners. We didn't have to worry about whether or not it was warm and dry enough to eat outside or how far apart we had to sit from one another. And now I appreciate the opportunities to gather and celebrate together so much more, and I'm savoring them all the more now because I know they are limited in number. Soon the weather will make it impossible to sit outside for a meal and we'll be back to Zoom and FaceTime to see each other. As excited as I typically get for fall and sweater weather, I am extra grateful for the warmer, dry weather we've had this month, as it made this and other get-togethers possible. Next month my parents are headed down to Florida, where they plan to stay through the winter. I am hoping that by the time they're ready to head back home, there is a vaccine available and we can all be together again, in person and close to one another. I know I will savor nothing more than being able to once again hug my family!
You can find all my previous One Little Word posts for the year here, and I'm looking forward to reading yours!