If you’ve been reading this post, you’ll know that earlier this year I hit the big five oh. That was a bit tough for me, so I went for denial. I had almost convinced my girlfriend that I was really hitting the big four oh–okay, maybe convinced is the wrong word. I was stubborn in my refusal to admit the big five oh, and I think my obstinacy (or stubbornness) was wearing her down. It was a great celebration and all my friends came to visit. Read about it here.
Since the majority of my close friends come from school (junior high school, high school, and university) we are all hitting the big five oh this year. Owing to the luck of the calendar, I was able to have people visit for my birthday. We were able to stand, talk, drink beverages, eat cake, make noise…..the kinds of things you typically do at a birthday party. These days, things are not so simple. Social distancing has turned events where people might gather into virtual events. We’ve all seen the reports of virtual weddings, funerals, kid birthday parties….
Yesterday was the birthday of one of my best friends. He didn’t throw himself a virtual party as a member of his family is in voluntary isolation after returning from abroad, and that would have taken a whole other level of planning. I am sure he had a cake and gifts–I still have to get him something.
I did manage to get hold of him on the phone and we had the chance to speak about everything. While we touched on the pandemic and its relationship to our jobs, we quickly moved on to things that were more important to us. We talked about hobbies, movies, family and other stuff. Basically, we talked about everything we would have, had we been able to get together in person.
Shortly before I hung up the phone I knew that this simple thing would be Today’s Perfect Moment. How could it not be?