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Simple pleasures have taken on so much more meaning

Very soon now, we'll have our events calendar back in the paper, the surest sign in this editor's life that we're almost back to normal.

Though many people are still being cautious in their daily lives, most are venturing back out to enjoy life, and that's a good thing. It's a far cry from April 2020 when I walked over to our family's calendar only to see a white sheet of paper taped over it and a hand-written word from my wife, "nothing," scrawled across it. There was literally nothing on the calendar for the entire month.

It's crazy, some of the things I once took for granted, like tonight's dinner reservation at a local restaurant, now seem like the most wondrous occurrence I could imagine. Perhaps that enhanced appreciation for little things is one bright spot to come out of this pandemic. I've always been a noticer and appreciator of little things, but it's all just so much more pronounced now.

This week I stood at the counter of a local brewery for the first time in what feels like forever. There was only one other customer there for opening time, but to the owner, that shortage of customers at the outset didn't matter in the least. More would stroll in later, some still with masks on, she said, but this one customer meant everything in that moment. One was more than none. This was a living, breathing person walking in to enjoy one of life's small pleasures, and that's something to be thankful for, she said.

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