An All Too Brief Pandemic Pause


on the road

What a sight it was a week ago Friday.

Six hours of driving (almost) nonstop. Highways to city streets to country roads. Following the GPS lady’s directions – every minute bringing us closer to our CovidCation. The weather was beautiful – almost too good to be true.

Faster and faster we drove (well I did…my husband’s foot is not as leaden as mine).

We were out-running a virus after all.

Get my lunch out of the backseat please! The car was packed with 2 coolers, 2 suitcases and laundry baskets full of necessities.Β My gluten free toaster in one of them. As we learned bringing our kids to college, laundry baskets work out well for car trips…as they can nest when they’re empty for the trip home.

It occurred to me that travel by car meant I could bring Full Size Bottles of whatever I wanted. So I did.

My laptop and our cameras…carefully packed. We remembered the tripod for a group photo. Paw Patrol bubbles (but of course). Decks of cards. Guitar.

We arrived at the lake house in the Pocono Mountains around 6:30 pm.

Within a minute a short blonde 4 year old came running out…Grandma! And somehow he was up in my arms with his arms wrapped around my neck, legs encircling my waist. I don’t know how I picked him up but I must have. The first full on leap into my arms hug since February. Far too long.

After that, my daughter and I shared a good long hug. Face to face for the first time in 6 months. Then hugs for my son-in-law, my son and his girlfriend. We had tested and quarantined and stayed safe. Carefully planned and orchestrated.

All those hugs felt so good.

Of course we were joined by the two family dogs: Lutra and Taco (who have been featured in this blog before). They enjoyed themselves immensely as well.

We were in our own little bubble.


A four day pause from virus fears.


What a sight to see.

No masks.

No social distancing…except from theΒ family swimming across the lake.
(Grandma which one is the dada and which one is the mama? Grandma I think the bigger one is the dada….)


It was glorious.


V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #109: What a Sight
Ragtag Daily Prompt: Pause

34 thoughts on “An All Too Brief Pandemic Pause

  1. Oh Andrea, I have tears in my eyes–jealous envy, and pure happy gratitude that you could have this marvelous time!! Wow Wow Wow–thanks for the peek into your “great escape” πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. Surely there is another being planned for and scheduled? πŸ™‚ ❀ You simply must, so I can go along vicariously πŸ™‚

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      2. I wish! It was a complicated undertaking with everyone’s work and school schedules. As well as timing it before regular flu season and a possible covid surge once schools are back in session. Great idea though. πŸ™‚


      3. Oh goodness…I momentarily forgot all the variable factors. But I’m sure you have tons of great photos to ‘hug with your eyes’. My fave part of your post was the description of your grandson’s excited greeting–it must be grand to be loved like that! ❀ There has to be an end to all "this" sooner than later. I caught an interview with Mike Huckabee and Trump…who's declaring 2021 will be a terrific year, a great financial comeback…I hope it's not another delusion. A covid surge when schools open? YIKES. It's so hard not to fall into the bleak murk…

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