Just like we do each year, we celebrated our marriage in February. Many moons ago we would celebrate it with a Sunday brunch at an interior Mexican restaurant called Fonda San Miguel. It is a lovely restaurant, but the brunch is way too loud for the hard of hearing. So we switched our celebratory meal to a nearby restaurant, called Wink. Outside of the five years we spent in the UK, we’ve been enjoying Wink for almost twenty years.
In the last five years, we’ve reduced going out for dinners to only special occasions, maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Pretty sad for two people who used to work in the food and wine business. With Susie’s mobility and hearing issues, going out is not the fun experience it used to be. When we do go out, we make reservations for when the restaurant first opens for dinner. This way it is easier to talk to each other and we have our pick of tables.
Our evening at Wink was delightful. We left just as the noise level would have been problematic. The food and staff were terrific, as always. During dinner, we reminisced about our adventures over the last twenty-five years and discussed where we are and what we might want to do next. We were planning to visit friends in Switzerland this summer for a 50th birthday gathering. I had two articles that were about to be published on MD Anderson‘s Cancerwise website. And we were planning to be in New England for Pesach (Passover). Below are the aforementioned articles:
- MD Anderson has helped my wife survive brain cancer twice
- Three things I’ve learned from my wife’s brain cancer relapse
Fast Forward to Now
It is March and the world has lurched to a halt with the Corona Virus that started in Wuhan, China (also known as SARS-Cov-2/ COVID-19) . We’ve seen countries handle the pandemic well, like Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. And we’ve seen countries that are hemorrhaging, like Italy, Iran and Spain. Parts of the US are now starting to see hospitals at capacity or worse, like Seattle, New York and San Francisco. I’ve also been in touch with family in Israel, who are basically in lockdown.
The pandemic situation is real and serious. While Susie and I are pros at social distancing, we are really surprised how some people do not understand how viruses spread and the mortal ramifications to people who are immunocompromised or have comorbidities (diabetes, COPD…).
Needless to say, our plans to travel have now been cancelled, our home is closed to visitors and we are hunkered down for the long haul. We hope the public is now starting to take this virus seriously. My how a month can change your perspective.
Stay safe and healthy.