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At long last, a simple shot brings travel freedom

Receiving the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Leslie Kelly)
Receiving the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine at Lumen Field in Seattle. (Leslie Kelly)

We just got vaxxed.

Boy, does it feel good. That simple shot means we're on the road to freedom -- which literally is "the road."

To be clear, we've just received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Lumen Field mass-vaccination site in Seattle. It was an amazing, uplifting experience for a number of reasons. 

For starters, we're truly grateful to the sea of volunteers who helped us navigate the logistics of getting our vaccines. It was exceptionally well run, and we're impressed with the professionalism of everyone involved.

As we received our vaccines, I could feel the shift in my thinking immediately. "Wow -- we're finally out of this," I thought as I sat in the holding area after getting my dose.

So now, the real adventure begins. After our second dose later this month, we're heading back on the road..

For the first time in more than a year, we're feeling optimistic that "normal" isn't that far away.



John Nelson is a freelance writer.