The Gleaner

Summer vacation – a welcome break for all

The idea of taking some time to de-stress and unwind over the next few weeks may seem especially appealing this summer, considering the difficult times we have been living through. The pandemic has left its mark on many of us.

Some time to simply “let go” of the added stresses of a pandemic-altered work-life balance may be the reset many people need, in order to return refreshed to the routines of school and work in the fall.

Along with vacation time, there is a lot to look forward to over the next few months as public health measures continue to loosen and we get used to being in each other’s presence once again. By now some of us have experienced the euphoria of gathering with family for something as simple as a backyard barbecue. Many are starting to feel more comfortable with the idea of removing masks in public and standing closer together again. It may feel strange at first, after having been indoctrinated to keep our distance for so many long months, but I expect we’ll get used to it soon enough.

Here’s hoping that we can find comfort in our “new normal” as we continue to adapt to ever-changing public health guidelines. Of course, how it all goes depends on vaccination rates continuing to increase.

As the team behind The Gleaner prepares to take some hard-earned time off over the next few weeks, we’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer vacation.                    

Sarah Rennie


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