I think we are trying to learn to live with the virus, not have a farewell party for it.
Thank you, Ryhog - that's what I was going for in my post above.
I got my 2nd shot on my birthday, back in May, and it did feel like an appropriate celebration. But it was a sense of freedom that the vaccine would allow me a chance to get back to a semblance of "normal" life again, not a sense that the virus was over. I think it's an important distinction.
And I tend to think that sense of "normal" is going to have a lot of back and forth as the virus continues to affect us - just as it is now with the effects of the delta variant. I had dinner with friends last night and we all felt that sense of "pulling back" for caution's sake from how things had felt just a few months ago. But we were still able to have a great time. We'll all just have to keep adjusting, and as you said, learning to live with it.