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Love Letter: No Limitations on an Interabled Couple’s Love

Some have found that making new friends during the pandemic is as easy as opening your front door.

Danielle Festino, the author of this week’s Modern Love essay, felt trapped in her studio apartment during the early days of self-isolation. As she moved from a robust social life to days with no human interaction, her UPS delivery driver (and her myriad online orders) became her lifeline. Soon she was looking forward to their conversations (he was standing masked on the edge of her porch and she in the door) than to the packages that were delivered. Over time, they formed a meaningful friendship that extended beyond their doorstep.

The connection between Sarah Lenz and Stephen Paskey was instantaneous when they first connected on OkCupid in March 2020. By then, however, the world was closed and a face-to-face meeting became almost impossible with 2,654 miles between them. Within six weeks they slipped into a plan to reduce the distance that Mr. Paskey packed up his car and set off from Buffalo, NY, to Santa Rosa, California, where Ms. Lenz lived. The couple were married on April 3 at Sea Ranch Chapel in Sea Ranch, California.

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As the world waits for a revaccinated normalization, many of us have already started dreaming of a life beyond. Here, our readers and writers reflect on how they have changed since the lockdown began, and some share their hopes for a future full of gatherings and celebrations (and reasons to finally wear the outfits that have hung in our closets for more than more years Year).

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