The world seems to have “ RE OPENED ”!
Regardless of whether you’re in the camp of believing the pandemic is over or not. It doesn’t seem to matter these days as Life goes on .
I have spoken to many people who are marveled at how full their social calendars are becoming PACKED again. Some are thrilled with excitement, while others had still a healthy dose of apprehension at all the upcoming reunions. In some ways, we have all lost some of our social muscles” from lack of use… we may even feel awkward at reconnecting, do we hug , shake or just nod in acknowledgment of the other? Hmm 🤔
Well, just like just like they say in show business – the show must go on! Ready or Not.
And so it did for us this past weekend!
You see , our oldest daughter was receiving her Confirmation into our Catholic Faith, a major milestone in the life of a Catholic . She was choosing to say YES to her faith-in her own way, as a young Catholic adult.
I must admit getting ready to host our first major gathering since the pandemic brought up interesting emotions. I had to prepare and talk about menus with caterers, get home ready, maybe finally make out time to plant my Lillie’s in the yard?.. after all it’s Spring for heavens sake lol.
Oh, and I didn’t forget to pick up the cake. Yes the one I didn’t order ahead of time but hit the jackpot in the refrigerator display of La bon bouche, with the perfectly decorated “Catholic” cake complete with even a rosary on top!!
To say the least, I was excited to have our home even more FULL with family and friends warming the rooms with their laughter and chatter.
Time does what it does best, it flies and by the time I knew it , It was Friday evening and I was on my way to picking up my parents from the airport. Unlike some people, we had been blessed to see our parents during the pandemic. We are very grateful and don’t take this for granted.
Ada’s confirmation was beautifully orchestrated by the hand of God! Details that only God could manage himself fell right into place … her sponsor ( my cousin by marriage n love) drove almost 7 hrs to arrive just in time – thanks to a surprise time zone change, she was actually EARLY!
She got prettied up after her drive and graciously offered to take our celebrant to church while we gathered the rest of the crew.
Church was PACKED! Parking was crazy but the cathedral basilica never fails to draw my AWE with its majestic bizantine architecture. You automatically feel closer to God in all the history so delicately narrated on its ceilings.
She was the most beautiful celebrant, and yes I am a biased momma.
As a mother, I have many prayers for my first earth Angel and today what I say to God is a big THANK YOU for the blessing of this child – turning young lady, and for the blessing and JOY of RE-gathering for my lovely family and friends!
How do you feel about life re opening these days? Have you gathered and for what reasons?
Here are a few pearls that may help make your next gathering more enjoyable and perhaps less daunting .
1) Consider yourself blessed to have the opportunity at life and having occasion to gather – gratitude is key!
2) Build up your excitement about whatever your occasion is.
3) Do your research- do you still need to wear masks or not, what’s the dress code?who are scheduled to be there ?
4) Show up, don’t take yourself too seriously and HAVE fun!!!
Please feel free to share your thoughts and accompanying emotions about our reopening world , if you dare..lol
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