Anyone who knows me knows I love routine. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day for 20 years. I read every night before bed no matter how tired I am and I would order from the same five restaurants the rest of my life if my wife would let me.
My love of routine extends to traditions and there is no time of the year when I have more time-honored traditions than the holiday season.
But this year, to save lives and to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control sooner, canceling my family’s decade-long tradition of leaving Colorado during the holidays was the right thing to do. When we called our loved ones to tell them we weren’t coming to visit, it was heartbreaking.