In the last few years, my hubby and I started a new family tradition.  Right around the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July, we rent a dance studio, throw together some food and make up several batches of champagne punch and invite our friends and family to our annual dance.

We missed our dancing friends so much, we decided to have our own, socially distanced dance party.

We always hire a dance teacher–last year we hired two dance teachers.  The first year guests learned the box foxtrot/waltz; the next year they learned east coast swing; the third year they learned the country polka.

We planned on continuing this tradition as long as we possibly could.  I thought it would be advanced age or poor health that would halt our tradition.  I figured if we got too old or too sick to carry on the tradition, we could pass the baton to the next generation.  But this year, Covid brought our tradition to a halt.  At least for now.

Last night my hubby and I had a date night at home.  We dressed up in our dance clothes and shoes, ordered dinner in, and opened our favorite wine and chilled champagne.  It has been 13 weeks since we danced and we are both out of shape.  Dancing is really good for your cardiovascular system!  We were huffin’ and a-puffin’ all over that floor!

Rhonda videoed a few of the dances and I thought I’d put them up here on the blog to share with friends and family.  We really miss our dance community and it’s sad that we don’t get to have our dance party and we’re missing all the dances we usually go to.  But this is what it takes to keep people safe. We are happy to do it, but I admit, I am lonely for them all.

This morning I looked at the videos and wondered if our friends are feeling the same way.  Maybe they could have their own dances at home and video them.  I know I’d love to have a video of John and Missy dancing the cha-cha or Sam and Joyce with tango. We’re all sacrificing in this sad summer of Covid.  But the worst thing that can come out of all our sacrifice is that we stop dancing, stop being part of the dance community.  If there is one thing Covid has taught us, it’s that we can’t take the joys in our lives for granted: Not the relationships, the activities, the conveniences, or the commerce. I am looking forward to the time when our healing is complete and we can live our gratitude every day. Imagine what a different world that will be when it is full of gratitude instead of grumping.  I’m looking forward to so many things, mostly hugging and snuggling with my grandchildren.  Oh the joy!

What will you be most grateful for after Covid?

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