Me with my son Sam on the shore of
Lake Ontario on Family Day 2012.
Steven van Schaik © 2012
I'm posting this sweet photo of my son Sam with me tonight because I feel
like talking about what we are missing. I see the question over and over,
"Do we really want to go back to normal life?" My answer is yes -- with
improvements. No I don't want the environmental destruction we've
thought of as normal. Yes I want people to accept their differences and
work on getting along -- work on enjoying one another.
But I want my life back. I want to be able to hug my sweet sons, my
daughter-in-law, their children, my son's girlfriend. Yes I want that life
back. Big time. I have not been able to hug my son Sam, shown in this
photo, since March, 2020. We have seen each other regularly, socially
distanced, but he works in a store in a mall, and it's been considered
There is no way, after enduring a year of virtual isolation, no family
inside at Christmas -- no family dinners, no gallery openings and receptions,
no coffee with friends -- that I want to jeopardize my health, or my
husband's health. I have been working hard on staying safe for ten
months now, and we will continue until this thing is finally solved.
But I miss my family and friends.
For all of us please wear a mask, social distance, stay safe, stay healthy,
and stay happy.