A long awaited return to (partial) normalcy…

Let’s get personal today…

Friends and family know that our 8 grandkids are the center of our universe.

As a sports-loving, doting grandfather, one of my favorite pastimes is watching the kids play  sports — any kind, anywhere.

For the past year, I’ve been banned from most of the kids’ games — even though they were played outdoors and I was willing to mask-up and socially distant (even after getting vaxed).

I’d occasionally scofflaw into games … hanging in the shadows … and occasionally wearing the other team’s colors so my player-grandkids wouldn’t get in trouble for violating the attendance rules.

Well, much to my delight, the dam broke this weekend.

Not only did I get to legally attend little league baseball and travel soccer … but, I — and practically everybody else at the games — followed the long overdue CDC guidance and pocketed our masks.

It was refreshing to breathe freely again (without my glasses fogging) … and morale-boosting to see people’s smiling faces again.

As moon-walker Neil Armstrong once proclaimed:

“It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

For a couple of hours, things felt downright normal again.

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