In Other Words with Dave
It’s been a long year away from people and events. Alison and I are eager but cautious to get out there and re-engage. We’ve been extra careful because of the cancer and my low immune system, but we’ve both been double “vaxxed,” so it begins. Some of our “new again to us” experiences include:
- Talking to neighbors and friends without mentally measuring that 6 foot radius of safety around myself.
- Celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary by – gasp – dining at one of Edmond’s fancy steakhouses.
- Scheduling in-person, non-zoom meetings in the office again. We have a sign by the door that says “Masks Optional – Pants Required.”
- Visiting with my in-laws. Alison’s parents hibernated for a year at their place on the Texas Gulf. They are still the same except both of them needed haircuts.
- Hosting an Edmond Chamber event at our Edmond Outlook/Back40 office. The event was well attended. Some people wore masks; some people didn’t.
- VIBING – we are looking forward to the next VIBES event, Edmond’s First Thursdays Art Walk, on May 6th. We both need art, music and entertainment.
- Shopping. I’m not a big bargain shopper, but that’s my wife’s favorite sport and she came home with new shoes this weekend after a trip out. She spent a whole year without new shoes. That’s something.
- Meeting new people. The ratio of handshakes to fist bumps is increasing. That’s still a little weird after a year of “don’t touch me,” but the awkwardness is fading.
Still, I don’t mind putting on a mask when someone requests it or if the situation calls for it, like my visits to Mercy. It’s not a big deal to me. I’m easy going like that.