When it comes right down to it what some of us miss most during COVID is the unquestioned ease we used to feel about interaction with others: the unworried assumption that we could start or end a chat with friends with a hug; the knowledge that we could rush to see grandchildren and swoop them into an enormous cuddle. 

So, what I liked most about the Queen’s coronavirus message was her simple reminder that “we’ll meet again.” And she did put the emphasis on “meet.”

This photo was taken at a backyard gathering of friends last summer, where I was enchanted not only by the homegrown veggies but by their artful arrangement.

We’ll meet again.