This past week was tough. This weekend will also hit hard.

My daughter and I missed rehearsals and two dance recital performances. This year, the dance studio would have ushered in “The Roaring ’20s.”

Saturday (May 16, 2020) would have provided a break between the two dance performances (one Friday, May 15, the other Sunday, May 17). That break, however, would have been filled beauty, excitement and more dancing. My daughter was set to attend her high school’s prom with her boyfriend, a junior. Instead, the dress she chose after only trying on two gowns remained cloaked in its purple garment bag. If the opportunity for a rescheduled prom occurs, she will wear it. If not, there’s always next year for her own junior prom.

Saturday’s warm weather and sunshine made the lament a little tougher. It would have been perfect for photos and fanfare.

My son also had events quashed due to the pandemic. During the week, he would have participated in his school’s annual Boosterthon. The fundraiser has students raise money while undergoing fun lessons about self-esteem and making good choices. It culminates with a fun run, with a goal to run 35 laps around a 1/8-mile track. Parents and relatives attend and cheer on the students as they run.

On Friday, my son’s Cub Scout pack would have held its annual “Through the Door” ceremony. The Scouts cross from to their next level, receiving a neckerchief, slide, book and pins, if applicable.

This weekend, with the unofficial start to summer and Memorial Day, was also to be my daughter’s participation with her high school show choir in a “Music in the Parks” competition in Hershey or Dorney. A participant since middle school, the groups always perform and place well among competing ensembles. In between the competition and awards ceremony is time in the amusement park.

It’s easy to say, “There’s always next year,” I feel for the students who won’t get a next year due to graduation or moving up to the next grade (kindergarten, elementary students heading to middle, junior high or high schools). For those who anticipate a next year, I still feel for them, as the excitement of attending and participating in events and games was worn down due to the restrictions brought on by the coronavirus.

Here’s hoping for a good ending to the school year, and a decent summer season.