It’s been a while since we talked about … this.
How are you doing?
Really! We’d like to know so, after you finish reading this post, please feel free to leave a comment. This moment didn’t come with anything resembling a clear, readable, road map and we’d love to hear/read any navigation tips you have that may have helped make this journey a little easier for you.
As for us, while we try to go for an occasional walk around our neighborhood (with masks) we’re still, for the most part, staying “safer at home.” Of course, we’re aware that some areas and businesses are easing restrictions and rush hour traffic is starting to become a thing again. Not surprisingly, there are no shortage of opinions on how good or how bad an idea all of that is or how fast or how slow it should happen … if at all, at this point.
Loud though they may be from all corners, the only thing all of the opinions have made clear to us is that, for this country, at this time, this is not a “one size fits all” moment.
Obviously, we’re not doctors and we’re certainly not experts on this (Who is?!?!) and we’re just doing what we feel is right for us, right now.
For what it’s worth, we thought we’d share just a few random thoughts on things we miss from before and questions about what happens after … this. Your mileage may vary but, from our vantage point, here are some memorable objects still visible in our rear view mirror and some hazy, unclear, images on the horizon.
From Before, we miss …
Going for a walk without masks.
While walking, being able to stop and talk up close with neighbors.
Our dear neighbors of over 25 years who, sadly, died from the virus.
Getting caught up in the “in-person” adrenaline between artist and audience that creates a magical live performance at City Winery, in Chicago or Space, in Evanston, two of our favorite music venues in the Chicago area.
Experiencing the anticipation of an opening week movie as we critique all the trailers leading up to it in a darkened theater with Steve’s brother, Lee.
Getting a serious case of G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) and actually touching some of those magical things made of wood & steel while hanging out with Terry Straker and his talented staff at Guitar Works, in Evanston, Il.
Enjoying the conversation and camaraderie while sitting at the bar of our favorite Outback restaurant. It’s the closest thing to a “Cheers” bar we’ve ever seen. Or, the instant warmth and hugs we get from Rosa and Luciano, owners of our favorite Italian restaurant, Da Luciano’s, in River Grove.
Having our, long-time, friends Gary & Sue over for an evening of … whatever.
Grocery shopping without “suiting up” with gloves, wipes and a list to make it a quick in and out of the store.
Sitting on our porch at our home in Panama City Beach.
& After …
Will our new “normal” mean the loss of many of our favorite “mom & pop” small business?
Will our new “normal” include more of us permanently working from home?
Will we still be hesitant to get together?
Will we still be hesitant to get close?
Will we still be hesitant to hug?
Will we still … be hesitant?
Will we still BE together? (The collective “we,” not the two of us. Trust us, we’re the one thing we’re sure of!)
Well, there you have it, just a few of the things from our before and after lists. We’d love to see what’s on yours.
Like you, we have many more questions and, depending on how long this continues, we may add to these random thoughts in future posts.
But, like you, we hope the after gets here sooner rather than later and that we’re all around and healthy as those hazy images clear up and give us some answers.
For now, feel some virtual, safe-distanced, elbow bumps from us.
Stay safe … and don’t forget to wash your hands!