From Frank ... | May 14
I don’t know about you, but as someone that is fully vaccinated, it’s hard for me to readjust to life as it once was. Just yesterday the CDC came out with new guidance that says that if you’ve been fully vaccinated, “you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.” It further states that those fully vaccinated can “resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, expect where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” So, this is good news, very good news in fact, and yet it’s hard to resume activities.
For example, when I’m out on the street, usually walking my dog Lucy who demands at least 3 walks a day, I’ve started not wearing a mask. When someone with a mask passes me, I still feel somewhat awkward and usually step out of their way and also blurt out, “I’m fully vaccinated!” I want them to know that I care about public health and that there’s a reason why I’m not wearing a mask. Sometimes I even whip a mask from out of my pocket and just put it on! It’s just going to take all of us a bit of time to resume activities that we did prior to the pandemic!
Back to Normal?
This week, Village board members and volunteers Pat Wittie, Sandy Rubin and Marjorie Dick Stuart hosted and planned an outdoor Lunch Bunch! It was delightful to once again be with each other. Sandy and Robbie Cronin also planned a wonderful walk through Rock Creek Park this week. So, we’re making progress.
Next week ...
I hope you’ll join us virtually for our Tuesday Talk – Behind the Scenes at the National Cathedral.
On Wednesday, we also have a virtual ceramics painting class with Cleveland Park’s All Fired Up. The Village is paying for each of the registrants to get a ceramic tile, paint, and brushes. You pick the supplies up (and if a member cannot pick it up, we’ll arrange it for you), log onto Zoom on Wednesday at 3 (and you’ll get the link when you register) to learn some tips and tricks for painting your tile, and then after the class you can return the tile to the shop to be fired in the kiln. It makes a lovely keepsake for you or a lucky recipient. Space is limited so please register ASAP.
Don’t forget that on Sunday, May 30th at 1pm, we’ll also have a wonderful guided tour of our neighborhood’s gem, Tregaron Conservancy. This will, of course, be outside and we’ll ask everyone to wear a mask just to be safe, so if you’re looking for a way to dip your toe back into pre-pandemic events, this might just be the thing for you with which to start. I’ll certainly be there and hope you will too. In fact, bring a friend or neighbor and introduce them to the Village!
Finally, in recognition of Older Americans Month, the 13 Villages in DC are holding a virtual event on Thursday, May 20 from 10am until 11:30. The program is “DC Strong: Recognizing Our community’s Collective Response to Helping Older Adults Thrive.” Join us via Zoom. To register visit https://tinyurl.com/DCVillages