“Look Ma, No masks for this picture!” said the girl who got Covid the next day. But thanks to the vaccine, we feel pretty covered. Thanks be to God, she is coming through it without major complications.


Last year at this time, the magic words in life were still “Please”, “Thank You”, “Grandma’s house”, and “Help me, Jesus!”

Today, though, Fully Vaccinated tops all of them except the one about Jesus. The difficult decisions I’ve been making for twelve months – like what time of day is safest for going to the grocery store – are less tricky. I still go during the slowest hours. I still wear a mask and sanitize my hands when I get to the car. But, I don’t stress if a few other people are in the aisle. I can even go over the lunch hour if I need something. Because, I’m Fully Vaccinated.

This Easter season, we were able to hug our grandchildren – without a mask – for the first time in over a year.

Note: after I started this post, one of our daughters was diagnosed with Covid. Soooooo, my husband and I are certainly testing the efficacy of our vaccines. She’d had her first  dose the day before and was so close to the magic. We are super-sad this happened to her. She feels miserable, but she doesn’t have any life-threatening symptoms. So we are hanging on and repeating the most magical words, “Help her, Jesus!”

We are taking precautions and have stayed mostly at home except for the essentials. Just in case. But, according to the CDC, we don’t need to quarantine since we are Fully-Vaccinated.

The words are magic. The breakthrough is a miracle. The gratitude to God and to science is immense.

Let’s give a round of applause to our Light at the end of this scary tunnel. We still have a ways to go, but I feel strength for the journey.

(P.S. If you haven’t been vaccinated, please consider getting the shot for the sake of yourself, your family, and the world. If we all do our bit, we might get our lives back eventually. Most places are wide open for people now, so get your name on the list at your local health department, pharmacy, clinic, or hospital.)

(P.S.S. If you have questions or reservations about the vaccine, please talk to a physician you trust. Please don’t lean on the wisdom of the Internet. It’s tricky.)

Thank you.