It has been quite a while, well, longer than usual since we have seen some of these faces. The New York Paddlesports Racing Association put on a virtual happy hour this last Tuesday and was able to bring in a whole bunch of friendly faces. It was a bit last minute, but there was a pretty good turnout(NH and NY alike)!
In NY we are hoping life is going to start to get back to a "new normal" (as the snow starts to fall, again, in May in Syracuse NY) This social butterfly, would really appreciate going into work and seeing my coworkers, for a start, but I have to admit that these virtual meet-ups have made my "current normal" a bit easier.
But what does that "new normal" for canoeing look like? Will we hug when we finally meet for the first time? I know the boys have their man-shake, but "I'm a hugger" (as my mom says) and that is how we greet people in my family, and my canoeing family. Will there still be kissing Canadians?? I can never remember if it is one cheek or two! Or will we all be concerned and just wave from a distance. Will they even let Canadians back in the US or will another wall be built? (kidding...I hope) Even so, I am certain most of them can paddle faster than the Border Patrol Boats.
There is not much to say that hasn't already been said by every news anchor out there. But I do hope you are all safe, and healthy, and taking care of your loved ones that could use your help. (Even if they don't ask!) Setting my family up with video chat has been very rewarding, even if I can only see the tops of their heads, or up their noses on occasion ;)
Camaraderie is a big part of canoeing-just see the look on Peter's face in the zoom video picture! There will be a "party wave" once again, and until then we will see you on the virtual banks.
Take care of yourself and each other.