New Rituals

Journey at Home Day 68


Ritual | ˈriCH(o͞o)əl | noun a series of actions or type of behavior regularly and invariably followed by someone: her visits to Joy became a ritual.

Before Covid, we all had rituals—having dinner with friends once a week, hiking with a like-minded group, meeting at a bar after work, getting together with family, having coffee after a grueling workout at the gym, attending a baseball game or a concert, and so on. The shelter-in-place order put a stop to our usual rituals. That, I think, is what has made the past two week challenging. For me, a few new rituals emerged. One is a weekly virtual wine tasting with friend using Zoom. Another is Tree House Tavern. This is what the tree house looks like from the outside.

I’m lucky enough to have a few buildings on my property. One has a tree growing through it. After COVID, that building was christened Tree House Tavern. Every Friday at 4:30 PM, my husband and I meet there to listen to music, sip on whiskey, and eat hors d’oeuvres. The view is calming. The music superb. The food and drink excellent. We have one more Tree House Tavern session before the shelter-in-place order is lifted. We have already decided that this new ritual is a keeper. (This is Treehouse Tavern from the inside.)


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