Island Life: There and Back Again

Photo by Rob Hummel (Adobe stock, used with permission)

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.

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About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.


Island Life: There and Back Again — 2 Comments

  1. We evacuated during the wild fire crisis in the Pacific NW. Not only was the smoke so thick we couldn’t see the house across the street, we lost power for 6 days. On the 5th day we gave up and went to The Dalles for 1 night. Still had smoke issues 75miles from home, but hot shower, internet, and hot food from the restaurants. It was bliss. But we could tell the places were struggling when half the tables were removed and we had the same waitress for lunch, dinner, and breakfast the following morning.

    Starting to see more vehicles in restaurant parking lots. We still opt for drive through when we are out.