By S. Cory LattucaDirector of Training and Operations

As I sit here writing this, my doors are open for the first time since April. I almost can’t even remember what a cool breeze feels like. I am enjoying a hot cup of coffee instead of an iced one and tonight I will forego the cold beer for a glass of red wine. I made it through another summer!

And what a summer it was. It probably sounds hyperbolic, but I think this was the hottest summer of my life. Even if we could go anywhere, it was too damn hot to go anywhere! The supposed refreshment of the swimming pool was no more than a dive into tepid bath water, hardly a respite for the heat. My glorious tan was mired by the lines from my mask.

So believe me when I say I am ready for fall. I am ready to sit on a restaurant patio. I am ready to wear a sweatshirt again. I am ready to go to a pumpkin patch. I am ready to walk down the street without seeing political signs in a front yard. I am ready to feel positive about things again. I don’t want to dread checking the news in the morning. I don’t want to have to worry about all my friends in the industry. I want to reengage with all the people I had to block on Facebook (sorry dad).

But more than anything, I just want to feel normal again. I want to see people again. I want to have people come to our offices again for meetings. I want to get together with a group of people and go out for dinner and drinks.

So do me a favor tonight, pour yourself a glass of wine or a cocktail and raise your glass to the future and to hope. Maybe if enough of us do it together, it will do some good.

I miss you guys.