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This article was published 03/02/2021 (606 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

If you’re on Facebook, you’d be familiar with the ‘memories’ in the form of photos and posts that periodically pop up in your feed. I am not sure how it works behind the scenes, as there appears to be no rhyme nor reason to me but, for the most part, they bring you back to what was, hopefully, a happy moment in time.

The latest memory in my feed was a pleasant reminder of our January 2020 vacation in Mexico. In it, I had commented on both our breakfast churros and evening margaritas, the colour of the ocean and its waves and that, on Day 1 alone, we met vacationers from Chicago, Vancouver, and England. It was wonderful.

While the pop-up did what was intended by evoking a variety of thoughts and emotions, it also served as a stark reminder of what was and what is.

Debbie Ristimaki Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki laments the fact no Mexican vacation memories will pop up in her Facebook feed next January.

Fast forward to January 2021. What is.

There are no trips to Mexico or anywhere else, planned in the near future. No walks on the beach, no lounging by the pool and definitely no Mexican sunsets. More than that, there are no trips to Montreal to visit my mother and sisters nor get-togethers and laughs at family barbecues and celebrations.

Inasmuch as vacation options this year will be limited, they are no less important. Time away from work and the everyday routine of life contributes to overall health.  I know that when I return from a vacation, I am energized and ready to tackle whatever my professional and personal life throws at me.

With that in mind, we have already started to explore our options for this summer. It is, after all, just a few short months away. At this point, it looks like it will be a staycation or another adventure in camping. 

Despite this current reality, hope remains that change will come. That is, if we continue to follow public health orders and get the vaccine when it is our turn. Until then, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain your distances. The only way out of this is to work together.  By doing so, you may be pleasantly surprised when your 2022 memory pops into your Facebook feed.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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