For this moment that we’ve waited for;
For getting through this together;
For each child who holds out an arm and says, “I’m ready.”
For the caregivers who sustain us;
For the scientists who made this day possible;
For the teachers who will breathe easier.
For the frontline workers who keep things running;
For the doctors and nurses who work through exhaustion;
For our elders, the keepers of knowledge.
For the makers of masks;
For the bakers of bread;
For the words that soothed when hugs weren’t possible.
For finding new ways;
For making it through;
For those who didn’t make it through.
For all that we’ve learned;
For all that we’ve lost;
For the healing we need.
For the tears of relief;
For the fears we still hold;
For the journey ahead.
For the future.
For each other.