Five places to go to after Covid-19 is over

Now that 2020 has come to a sad end, it is time to start looking forward to things that we will be doing in 2021. The pandemic may not be over quite yet, but like Hellen Keller once said, “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Here are some activities I long to experience once again, very very soon.

1. Family & Relatives

For those of us who have been unable to visit family in a while, it will be so much fun when we are able to hop in a car or plane and go visit them. Who knew that I would miss my weird family on the opposite side of the world? Seriously, who knew? The next time we have a family reunion, I may just have to be happy, and not sulky, because by that time, I will have forgotten how to be sulky. And that is certainly saying something.

2. Movie Theaters

Popcorn. Just, buttery popcorn. That is all I have to say. Popcorn is the essence of my ecstasy-filled dreams. It does not taste the same when I eat it at home. And the darkness of my house does not feel the same as a movie theater. As weird as it sounds I can not wait to randomly jump out of my seat in a theater, run to the bathroom, drain my tiny bladder, run back to my seat, and ask (quietly, obviously) “what’d I miss?”

3. Six Flags/Disneyland

Whether you enjoy the feeling of falling through the sky, or prefer the kiddie rides of Disneyland, going to amusement parks is certainly something that I look forward to. I can not wait for the rush that comes with a huge drop on a roller coaster and purchasing the overpriced water that I am forced to buy when I realize I forgot to pack my own bottle. Can I just say that my body definitely needs the workout that is attributed to amusement parks. I mean, with all that walking, standing and screaming I practically burn five pounds every time I go to Disneyland.

5. Church

It has been almost a year since we have actually been able to attend Mass inside a church. I will definitely look forward to being able to sit through a homily without having to adjust my mask every few minutes because my glasses are fogging up. I will look forward to not worrying about stepping in poo on my way to Communion because I am at Mass outside on the field. Oh, and do not even get me started on being able to talk to friends and other people at the end of Mass. The conversations that I have had with other kids waiting for our parents to stop talking and get us some food? Good times indeed.

5. Coffee Shops

What I mean by “coffee shops” is going into Kuppa Joy, ordering a coffee, sitting down on a comfy couch inside the building, and talking to some friends. I can not wait to order round after round of coffee in a Starbucks while I sit down at a table and study for the math test on Monday. I guess what I am saying is that I look forward to being in a coffee shop for long periods of time. I anticipate the aroma of coffee grinds permeating through the air with a hint of something sweet, making my poor nostrils feel alive and overwhelmed in a mind-boggling deep breath. Coffee is such an essential part of existence, that it will be nice to once again share the experience of that energy itself with other people.


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