Despite the entire world being locked up in quarantine, and many routines and plans being postponed and canceled, my family finds a moment to celebrate a momentous event in our lives.
Today my son
is getting married.
We are joining the celebration via
Facebook Live Streaming.
Tough times call for interesting and creative solutions. The wedding couple will be united by a minister, in the presence of just two witnesses — and close family looking on from afar. We are scattered around the world — Austin, San Francisco, Vancouver, Montana, South Carolina, India, Europe — and yet via the internet, we can still participate in the ceremony.
Next year — same date, same time — we will all be celebrating in person with everyone assembled together.
There will be music, cake, flowers, and dancing—and most importantly— there will be hugging and kissing. We will not have to keep a distance of 6 feet. We will not fear traveling to see loved ones. We will not be living in constant fear of disease and contamination.
The world is a crazy place
right now — but we are
all in this together.
It is quite awe-inspiring to realize that, for the first time, simultaneously, we are all experiencing the same exact thing. Each and every one of us around the globe are dealing with this crisis. We have all been touched by the pandemic — being confined to homes, shortages of food, and the myriad emotions of boredom, fear, frustration, and despair. The experience is humbling and uniting at the same time.
We will survive this surreal moment and we will
be stronger because of it.
As I look around me, at my neighbors and wave to them from across the street, as I read Facebook posts from friends in Italy and around the world and as I am in contact with my family — I realize there is a lot of love still left in this world.
There are so many things to be grateful for. Today, I celebrate the fact that I have a new daughter! My first!