Inspired by a post from April 21, 2019, about our friends’ Passover Seder.
Our friends’ Passover Seder, a celebration less about any particular religion — everyone, Jewish or not, takes part in the rituals — than about spending time with their family and the local “family” that they’ve built and that we’re lucky enough to be part of (and eating ungodly amounts of food) would have been this week.
Except for … you know.
Also, the chicken matzo ball soup will have to wait this year.
I think she even had a new, larger pot for it.
Suzi and listen to the radio in the morning, and in the last couple weeks, Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has been informing SiriusXM users about the opportunity to take “spiritual communion” by listening to The Catholic Channel in lieu of going to church Easter Sunday.
Suzi and her parents are Catholic, but we haven’t gone to Easter services in years. Instead, we meet them for Easter dinner at a restaurant more-or-less equidistant to our homes.
That’s not happening this year, either, because … you know.
Instead, Suzi bought all the goodies needed for a turkey dinner, the type that will have me eating lunch leftovers for days. (This is the part where you don’t hear me complaining one bit about that.)
It’s not that she can’t live without having a big Easter dinner every year, but it’s a project for her to plan and organize, and she loves to plan and organize things, right down the list of upcoming dinners on the refrigerator door.
Craig Calcaterra is a baseball writer, one of my favorites, but without baseball to write about, he has been keeping what he calls a “Pandemic Diary” on his personal blog with his daily thoughts.
A recent entry focused on a series of questions posed by a Facebook friend of his, including this one.
What’s the first thing you want to do when the stay-at-home order is lifted?
There are a lot of options. I’d love to go to a baseball game, if that’s even possible. Both my pickleball group and my exercise class have been down for a month and counting, and I’m anxious to get back to those.
Suzi’s mother and I both have birthdays at the end of May.
There are other things, but the first thing I probably should do is book a haircut as soon as possible. My hair tends to get long gradually and then suddenly, and was at “then suddenly” when everything shut down, so it’s an unruly mop now and is only going to get worse.
But that question, while interesting (most of them on the list were), doesn’t intrigue me as much as wondering what will go into making the call.
I’m not even talking about getting sporting events back up and running, fraught as that is even without fans.
I’m talking about deciding to open up society, to tell people it’s OK to go to restaurants, go to the movies, attend church, travel or just gather in groups without having to worry about keeping six feet apart or wearing masks.
Because somebody’s going to. I don’t know when, or where, but it’s doing to happen.
Even if that decision is taken in complete good faith and based on the best information available, it’s likely going to be a calculated risk at best.
And if it’s the wrong decision, things could spiral right back downhill.
How would you like to be the one to make that call?
UPDATE!!!!! — Even though the Passover Seder for the entire group was called off, our friend still had one for her own family … and she brought us some of the soup!
We handled it very responsibly. She hanged the bag on the door handle, and we talked through the closed storm door. We had it for lunch. It was amazing, although having it with the group would have been more fun.