It is a JOY to be living back here in Salem…..after an equally JOYOUS 3 years in Vashon WA as a newly-wed aged-wife. Bernie is not a “church-goer” and teases me by asking if I will pray for him (knowing how I am an agnostic). No need. He is pretty darn perfect as he is.
My problem here is how do I engage in the church community with everyone keeping at arms length and masks on? I have seen a few old friends, but it is hard to have any getting-to-know-you conversations. (PS–we just put our German Shepherd to sleep—peaceful….noted that others here had to do similar with a beloved pet. I do miss her….but saw the peace come as the pain left.