Island Life: Stepping Back into the Social Whirl

Now that we’re fully vaccinated, we’ve been slowly easing our toes back into the stream of Socializing With Other People.

It’s been weird! And great! And weird!

Last Friday night, we had a couple over for dinner. They are some of our favorite friends here on the island, and we hadn’t seen them in person in…not quite a year and a half? Something like that? Far too long, at any rate.

We had a fabulous time–drinks and snacks on our deck under the wisteria; I barbecued a tri-tip and Mark harvested lettuce from our very own garden for a salad; our friends brought a scrumptious homemade pie–and they stayed late and we talked and talked and drank lots of wine (well, us ladies did; the men abstained for some reason)–

And, whew, I guess is what I’m trying to say. It was a lot of work! And I don’t mean barbecuing or even washing dishes for four people instead of two. It was…that thing where you’re using a muscle you haven’t used in a long, long time. Both literally and metaphorically: my cheeks hurt from so much laughing and smiling, and my throat was a little hoarse even the next morning, from saying so many words.

But also, just being with people. People we really, really like; people we’d been so very much looking forward to seeing that we made sure to book them for dinner the very next day after their two-weeks-past-second-shot date.

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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: Stepping Back into the Social Whirl — 1 Comment

  1. Shannon, I share your introvert panic! All our vaccinated friends are throwing open the doors for dinner parties, but I can’t quite get there yet, even though fully vaccinated. (We have been hosting select friends on our back patio, everyone bringing takeout.) I do have an excuse to avoid indoor gatherings, with my lung issues, though it sounds awful to rely on that!