Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!
If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you I edited a video my team at work did for a nearby town’s Virtual 4th of July Parade. We can’t leave our homes for work so 5 of us made small segments and I put them together added some graphics and music. It was a fun project.
It’s sad that a lot of towns canceled their July 4th festivities and many did so fairly early on. Mine did at the end of April. Two nearby towns are having “Reverse Parades” where people decorate their homes and their neighbors drive by them.
My nephew, who lives and works near DC, was still in town and so his mother had us for dinner. She invited her mother too. We ate outside and had a good barbecue. I like this opening up. Last Monday we resumed our summer tradition of gathering with some neighbors for cocktails and appetizers
I also took my mother to get a manicure. Again it was so nice to be out of the house and see other people. Things were different — plexiglass at each station, no drying machines, when you enter your temperature was taken and the whole process has slight changes. It’s interesting to have so many little changes to every common experience.
Yesterday I went to church for the first time since the lockdown. I had to make a reservation and when I arrived there were masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance. I had my own mask but it was nice that they had some available. An usher showed me to a seat that was a safe distance from everyone else. Few churches have opened so this had a a physically-distanced full house. People in every other row and 6 feet apart but every available row was at capacity by the start of mass.
After mass they had a procession for Corpus Christi, which I didn’t expect. The clergy went outside with the Eucharist (Body of Christ) encased in a gold implement. Followed by the people they stopped at three different shrines to read the gospel and pray. I’d never seen this done at any of the other churches I’d gone to. Quite a surprise.