…they are a-changin’.
Hi! I know you stopped by looking for an A-Z post of a short story, or perhaps the craft of writing. Perhaps you even looked so far as to see that my theme is “Catching Up.” Well, while I did spending a couple of days “catching up”, so at least on that point I’m on theme, there may actually be no fiction or writing talk.
And I’m not even a little bit sorry for getting that song stuck in your head. In fact, if Bob Dylan (or The Byrds, or Peter Paul & Mary, or Simon and Garfunkle, or anyone else who has covered that song) isn’t running through your head at the moment…well, I mean, not everyone has such amazing musical taste as I do.
Things that are new that I’m getting used to these days:
- not getting all of the grocery items I ordered
- not being able to get my family’s staples every week for groceries
- working from home, and being productive while doing it
- making more meals and washing more dishes
- being mentally prepared to wear a mask in stores
- not running out to the store every time I realize I need/want something
- having orders cancelled due to unavailable inventory
- longer shipping times
Yeah. I’m getting used to these things. I’m grateful I’m able to adapt so well. I know not everyone has the luxury of being so adaptable.
Currently, while I conceptually miss seeing my friends, exchanging journals, and checking in with my coworkers to measure their moods, I’m not feeling pain (or yearning) as a result of not being able to do these things. Not yet. I feel like that’s really insensitive to admit, that maybe it makes it sound like I don’t really like my friends as much as I should. But that’s one of those things about me. Sometimes I feel like there should be a word somewhere between “apathetic” and “sociopath” for what goes on inside my head. I occasionally have distinctively absent “I miss you” vibes. I don’t know. It’s a thing. Sometimes I do, though. So I’m not completely abnormal.
Just a bit.
I don’t know.
Are there things/routines/experiences/etc that are new because of this pandemic that you’re getting used to now? I’d be interested to read about them if you’d like to share. 🙂