Mother’s Day 2020 was a remark­able hol­i­day. Sons and daugh­ters had to pivot away from nor­mal ways to honor mom.

Mod­i­fied behav­iors post COVID-​19 takes some get­ting used to. Not every­one is com­fort­able or eager to rub elbows with oth­ers.

In many cases, elder or vul­ner­a­ble fam­ily mem­bers still require quar­an­tine pro­tec­tion. This makes it dif­fi­cult to gather around a table for cel­e­bra­tion.

June is a mad month for birth­days, grad­u­a­tions, anniver­saries and wed­dings. Father’s Day is on Sun­day, the twenty first. Expect new ways to show our love and remem­brances.

Large gath­er­ings have been vig­or­ously dis­cour­aged. Self-​distancing is the new norm for any type of social fes­tiv­ity. Smaller groups of eight or fewer will still have to mod­ify to com­ply with vigilance.

Food­ser­vice estab­lish­ments are fig­ur­ing out new mod­els for accom­mo­dat­ing events of any size. Expec­ta­tions are altered for what is accept­able.

New pro­to­cols to pro­tect essen­tial ser­vice providers and cus­tomers con­tinue to evolve. We’re get­ting good at adapt­ing to new ways. Restau­rants will fig­ure it out. Seat­ing will be dif­fer­ent for awhile. No more “table of twenty” requests.

Cel­e­bra­tions of all types are just as vital today, as ever. Find­ing the way to lift spir­its is mean­ing full. Mile­stones mark our sig­nif­i­cant events.

Food, drink and the good com­pany of oth­ers has been the cor­ner­stone of most cel­e­bra­tory occa­sions.

We’re learn­ing how to be con­vivial on Zoom par­ties. Toast­ing through win­dow glass, hold­ing up “Good Wishes” signs and parad­ing past houses is becom­ing a thing.

Rhythm and rou­tine main­tain our san­ity. Break the monot­ony by plan­ning and ele­vat­ing those spe­cial occa­sions marked on the cal­en­dar.

Set a nice table. Use the best linens and table­ware. Or don’t. New rules mean we get to make it all up as we go along. Dis­pos­able cups and plates work fine too.

Pre­pare a favorite meal. Order take out. Return to neigh­bor­hood cafes. What you choose is less impor­tant than just doing it.

Bake the cake. Make the cook­ies. Buy the ice cream. If dessert mat­ters most, enlist a pro­fes­sional. Add the can­dles, the quotes and the flow­ers. This is an impor­tant life moment. Cap­ture it with every enthu­si­asm.

Stand with fam­ily and friends dur­ing these tough times. Reimag­ine what com­ing together looks like now. Vir­tual high fives, hugs and hand­shakes go a long way towards our heal­ing.

Find what works for com­fort and health safety. Above all else, cel­e­brate for and with those we cherish!

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