Inspired by the lists of “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss” in Nora Ephron’s final book (before she died), “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections,”, the leader of one of my writing groups suggested we write these lists for our homework this week.
My first reaction is that I might be sick next week. I’m not sure this is the best project for my extroverted self’s struggle to stay cheerful, in an introvert’s paradise. I don’t need to be exploring any more dark corners in my mind right now.
Lists are very appealing however. They’re simple, short, snappy. I hate to let a good list opportunity go to waste. I’ve been mulling over lots of lists these days, so am going to run with a variation on the theme.
There’s a list of things I’ve been missing under Stay At Home orders AND a list of things I’m going to miss when we all exit isolation. I can’t have them both at the same time, but I can list them here together and pretend that there might be a perfect world where I could have it all.
It’s a way to “Honor the space between no longer and not yet” as we start contemplating a transition back to our former lives. The Stay At Home order expires tomorrow in Texas.
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“Things I miss in isolation”
‘Un-muted’ group laughter
Getting dressed up in real clothes to go anywhere but the grocery store
Loud music in body combat class
Family celebrations with champagne toasts
Seeing people outside of a Zoom pigeon hole
Movie trailers and the smell of popcorn at the cinema
Arrival excitement with hugs and hellos
Easter brunch and Mother’s Day at a fancy restaurant
Looking people in the eye
Crowded, noisy gatherings around our dining room table
“Things I will miss after isolation”
Neighbors walking & sitting on porches
Eerie quiet weekday mornings
Every night family dinners
YouTube Sunday church on the patio with tea
Fewer cars to worry about when biking
A sense of we’re in this together
No time wasted in traffic jams
The COVID excuse for anything I do wrong or forget
Smaller credit card bills
No wondering what you’re missing out on
What about you? What’s on your lists? Are you ready to give up one set to embrace the other?