Last night my family got together for a game night the only way we could—virtually!
Patrick dialed in from Hawaii (4:00 his time).
David and Abra dialed in from British Columbia—Prince George and Langley, respectively (6:00 their time).
My parents, Josie, and Kelli dialed in from Provo and Layton, Utah (7:00 their time).
I, of course, joined in from Georgia (9:00 our time).
I believe this occasion marks the first time we have all managed to be on a call simultaneously. I also think it's the first time we have ever played a game together as one, complete family unit. There simply haven't been many instances when we've all lived—or have even been—under the same roof. I think the last time we were all together was either my Grandma and Grandpa Layton's 50th wedding anniversary (US, 2001) or my Grandma Conrad's funeral (Canada, 2003).
I know for sure that we were all together in 2001 (is that the last time Abra was able to make a trip down to the states?) but can't quite remember if Kelli went up to Canada for Grandma Conrad's funeral in 2003.
Okay, I looked it up the only way I could think of—by pulling out pictures of the event and, as it turns out, Kelli did manage to make the trip. So here we are in April of 2003:
It's also the reason I get so infuriated every time I get an email about yet another Relief Society activity. Somehow our ward has managed to have at least one activity a month for the last six months or so, which would be cool under ordinary circumstances. Goodness knows I could have used such opportunities to get to know the sisters in our ward prior to the pandemic. But the thing is, before the pandemic we had one (1) Relief Society activity in our old ward before the ward split (so like the week we moved here) and then we had one (1) Relief Society activity in December of last year (the Relief Society Christmas party). And that's it. Those are all the activities we had.
Would a few months of actual isolation be that bad? My family up in Canada is talking about their COVID "restrictions" and I want them so bad (essential travel only, only household groups together, schools that had been open are closing again, universities were all online...). I just want to see a little bit of sanity. Instead I just get...what we've got—270,000+ deaths.
I'm used to waiting for eventually to come.