Now that my household are all past our second shots, we are beginning to step, very slowly and carefully, back into something resembling normal life.
No, we haven’t had any friends over for dinner; and no, we haven’t been inside any restaurants…but last week, I had a medical appointment off-island, and so we actually went to Costco and Trader Joe’s!
I know, I know–a lot of people never stopped doing those things. But we did. As I’ve mentioned, we have my eighty-eight-year-old mother-in-law staying with us, and we made the calculation that we’d rather get things online or do without, if it meant keeping her as safe as possible. So that’s what we did. For, like, a year.
As a result, I was kind of out of practice with this whole going-to-a-store thing. A few days before our big off-island adventure, I broke the ice by going to our little grocery store here. It was totally overwhelming! I wanted to buy EVERYTHING I saw–chips! candy bars! avocados! beef jerky!–and not even because I was hungry (I wasn’t). It was just, Ooh, shiny!
Seeing things in the real world is very different from seeing pictures of them on my computer screen.