This is the time of year that I usually travel. We have had an annual family reunion for years and it has become a much anticipated tradition spending time with loved ones, having adventures, and making memories.

COVID has taken that away this year and it makes me sad. What makes me even sadder is the unnecessary loss this virus has and continues to cause.

Being quarantined since March makes me appreciate how much I miss.

I miss hanging with friends in person.

I miss my routines, including talking to my buds on the way to work.

I miss hugs from family, friends, and colleagues.

I miss shopping trips on the weekend.

I miss not worrying about getting sick, or my kids getting sick, my parents getting sick, or just anyone I know getting sick.

I miss traveling and adventures.

While I miss all of these things, I am thankful for health, employment, family, friends, and technology!