I miss people. I miss the women I used to see at yoga and zumba; I don’t even know their names. I miss our favorite grocery store cashier. I miss the various moms I used to chat with just about anywhere. I miss sitting at a bar surrounded by people I’d rather not talk to.
I miss bartending. I used to talk to SO MANY PEOPLE. Never mind eat all their leftovers.
I read an article along this vein and it has allowed me to acknowledge that I really really miss the random people in my life who I don’t even know.
I was out for my daily walk the other day. As I passed another person, I threw out a standard,
At which point he fills me in on everything going on in his life. I have not met this neighbor before. And in pre-pandemic life I would have done the slow inching away, signaling that the conversation is all done I’ve got other things to do. But I do not have other things to do. It’s a pleasure to meet your dog, please tell me more.
During another walk a random car pulls over a safe distance away from me and the driver rolls down the window. Pre-pandemic my reaction would’ve been disinclination to talk and keep moving. This time I stop in my tracks and return the realtor’s greeting with a cheerful “hello!”
Sorry I do not know anyone interested in selling their house. Unless it’s possible to sell a house with a half-finished deck? KIDDING. Not kidding. I’ll be at the Cape all summer, let me know when it’s done.
Turning the corner on a year for the pandemic and year three for the deck. It’s anyone’s guess which will be done first.
I can’t even text with all these random people I’m missing. It’s just a big empty void. Like where the railings and stairs of my deck are supposed to be.
When I sat down to write this blog I hadn’t intended to make a deck pandemic life analogy, but here we are.
I’m in love with my family, blessed beyond what I could have ever imagined. They’re the concrete filled sonotubes of my deck. If you don’t know what sonotubes are, consider yourself lucky.
But I also wouldn’t mind some more people in my life. Kinda like a deck is nice but a deck with railings, throw pillows and cocktails is even nicer.
Jess you make me laugh and I love your Blog. Forgot how tall you are and how slim you look. Obviously not eating enough people’s leftovers !!! I had forgotten that about you .. LOL. I miss all the things you miss, I miss so many things. Most of all I miss the feel of my first grand childs arms round my neck and a wet dribbly kiss. Miss my Tuesday afternoon film buddy. Take care and stay safe. XX
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Aw thank you! I’m so sorry you’re missing out on grand baby snuggles. She looks so munchable! Hope you get your hands on her soon. xoxoxo