I was thinking the other day about what I will do once the pandemic is considered officially over.  In other words, no masks and no social distancing required although my guess is some will still follow those protocols for a while.  As a matter of fact I think some of the things we did with regularity before COVID-19 may be ancient history for some.  Included would be handshakes and kisses of those we are not close with and standing in a packed crowd at a concert.

However there are many things we will look forward to including:

  • Sitting at a bar…any bar and enjoying a drink served by a friendly bartender.
  • Talking with co-workers at the water cooler because there are actually co-workers at the water cooler.
  • The return to “Bagel Fridays” at our office.
  • Not having to get our temperature checked…for anything.
  • Gladly accepting any and all party invitations.
  • Coughing inside a store without everyone giving me a dirty look.
  • Walking on the treadmill in my gym with others on both sides of us.
  • Buying clothes after we have tried them on.
  • Not being afraid to ask someone if you can use their bathroom.
  • Face to face meetings instead of Zoom, Teams and Skype.
  • Actually be able to visit someone in the hospital.
  • Watching a movie in a movie theater, comfortably.
  • Watch a Broadway show in a Broadway Theatre!
  • Going to a baseball game in person with a lot of people and have our beer served by a vendor.
  • Going to a Penn State football game with 100,000 of my closest friends. (This one is clearly personal...see picture).
  • Dinner reservations for a large party at the same table.
  • Not having to watch virtual award shows ever again.
  • Making spur-of-the-moment plans because you can.
  • Going to an all-you-can-eat brunch…well maybe.
  • Dancing and not on a TikTok video.
  • Christmas and holiday parties.
  • Traveling without hesitation

That’s more than enough to start and let’s hope it all begins very soon.

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