I didn't plan it so that Day 100 would be Special or Important, but Day 100 had its own ideas: yesterday afternoon, my sweetie and I got our second doses of Pfizer (11 weeks to the day after out first). Day 100 was Double Vaxx Day for our house.
We won't be fully vaccinated until the August 9th, but it feels so much closer now, so much more real than it did two days ago. The thing I feel most (beyond the sore arm) is a sense of hope that one day I'll be able to hug all the babies my friends have had in the past 18 months, that one day I'll be able to manage a trans-oceanic flight, that I'll see the sunrise in a city I've only just met.
I sort of get the science. But I don't need to understand it to respect it. I've always loved viruses and plagues as a CONCEPT, but I never imagined I'd live through a global pandemic. I have the utmost respect for all the sciencey people who have worked so hard on every angle of this pandemic, from doctors and nurses to support-workers to virologists to epidemiologists to the people who believed in science enough to let the Covid-19 vaccines be tested on them. I have done the best I can to stay safe so all their hard work was not in vain.
I'm not sure how long I'll keep masking, but I know for sure that I'm not ready to stop yet. I have far too much to do in the next few years to risk it all by being hasty or reckless.
If you haven't had a change to get vaccinated, please do so, not just for your sake (though Your Sake is a huge factor!) but for the sake of international travel, professional sports, big concerts, family reunions, weddings, bat mitzvahs and all the big events that go from fun to deadly in a pandemic.
I hope that one day I can meet all of you in person, that we can take selfies in your hometown, or mine, or at whatever bonkers event we're attending together. And feeling like that's even possible has increased ten-fold with a second 5-second jab in my arm.
Until next time, stay safe, be kind, and most of all,