Even with a quasi-reopening and vaccine rollout, the COVID pandemic has left many people anxious about freely going out into the world. It’s no different during the weekend of Valentine’s Day, an occasion that couples often spend on a getaway vacation or in a five-star restaurant.
Though they’re relegated to the confines of their homes, many lovers have taken their quarantine love to the next level this year. It’s no different this weekend in the Northeast neighborhood of Brookland where the following couples have spent much of the quarantine getting to know, and love, each other more deeply.
Here are their stories:
Sarah Jackson & Nate Acors, both 30 years old
Though Sarah and Nate, a married couple with two youngsters, were friends in high school, it would take a connection through a mutual friend years after graduation to kindle the flames of love. Over the last decade or so since they sparked their romance, Sarah and Nate have either spent Valentine’s Day out at dinner or catching a movie.
However, given the pandemic and their incongruent work schedules, Sarah and Nate decided to mark the occasion with a date night consisting of HBO Max and take-out. Earlier in the day, their firstborn will assist Sarah in making a heart-shaped pasta for Nate before he ventures off to meet the obligations of his employment.
“Even though we don’t get to spend the whole day together, I am grateful for whatever time we’ll have,” Sarah told WI Bridge.
“We’ve been so busy with virtual learning, adjusting our work schedules and tackling home issues that arose this past year that it’s really taken a toll on the quality time we all spend with one another,” she added. “I’m most grateful for this time and our good health this Valentine’s Day. “
Rainea Cumberbatch & Charles View
Rainea and Charles have been together for nearly three years, supporting each other’s career goals and growing closer as a couple. The pandemic and quarantine period has allowed more time for that experience, for which Charles said he’s grateful.
For Rainea and Charles, this special Valentine’s Day will consist of a quick run to Hot Lola’s in Arlington, Virginia for the chicken sandwich that Raina has been craving, along with board games, puzzles, a movie, some cupcakes, and a home-cooked dinner, courtesy of Charles.
Their impetus for such an itinerary: safety concerns, especially with Charles’ routine of checking in on older relatives.
“We felt although we aren’t going out, if we focus on how grateful we have been to have each other and strengthen our relationship by doing fun activities together,” Charles told WI Bridge. “Even though during this quarantine days can blend together, we also felt it was important to always make time for us to enjoy each other and remember why we love and are together.”