What a difference a year makes.
Last year heading into this same holiday weekend, we were “looking forward” to watching fireworks on our TVs, barbeques took place in our kitchens, and a hot shower was about as close as most of us got to a dip in a lake.
One year ago, I mocked up a “2020” graphic with unhappy faces because we were pretty deep in the COVID woods with no tangible reasons to feel good about a three-day weekend. Hopeful, yes. Optimistic, not even close.
Here we at “halftime” of 2021 and there is lots of evidence to suggest we've emerged from the darkness. Hospitalizations and deaths are way, way down, while vaccination rates are up. Events are being scheduled again. I'll be personally making the trek to Comerica Park this weekend to watch the Tigers take on those dreaded White Sox, and most of you will be a lot more active than last year at this time.
But there are reasons for concern. In just the last week or two, a new variant – Delta+ – is beginning to make its way around the country, while vax rates have slowed to a crawl. We're hopeful we don't hit a COVID speed bump, but after the last 16 months, nothing would surprise.
So, enjoy this weekend – a little time off from work, school, and our new routines. Enjoy the time with family and friends, and let's appreciate what we have and what is ahead. Independence Day has another meaning this year.
I'll be back on Tuesday with a fresh blog post.
Be safe and be happy.