Here we are in mid-August, five-months into a worldwide pandemic. Like most of you, we’ve been staying at home as the months have ticked by—viewing our calendars and silently mourning the passing of our annual summer beach trip and our long-awaited Hamilton tickets—amongst countless other plans that have faded with each passing week.
But the truth is, it’s the little everyday things that we are most longing for again.
COVID has made us realize how many meaningful daily experiences we somewhat took for granted. Not because we are mindless and ungrateful people—but because it seemed as if they would always be there. And yet, they are currently gone. Long gone.
As a family and an office, we’ve been talking about how living through COVID has made us appreciate those little things. And how when they are back, we will appreciate them even more.
I asked everyone to share the things they miss most and won’t take for granted again…
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What are some things that you didn’t know how much you’d miss—and that you long to return to? If you have kids, please ask them and see what you learn.
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Although I am so grateful to be able to see our children and grandchildren here in Colorado, I miss my daughter and Son in Law and my friends in New York. We really miss our visits with our children and grandchildren in AZ and CA!
I miss hugs, given and received, and being able to lend support in person to friends who need emotional support.
I miss being able to plan ahead but I also miss being able to plan spontaneous get togethers with friends and family although I still cook enough just in case!😊
We are so grateful to be with you and for ALL your support!!
I miss feeling comfortable travelling! First time in YEARS that we haven’t gone on some sort of trip!
I personally traveled 11 times in 2019. My new years resolution in 2020 was to travel less- but COVID took that to a different extreme than I had intended!
This is a decade birthday year for me and I miss all the trips I planned to celebrate. I miss seeing people’s faces when I’m in the community and instead see that look of fear in some people’s eyes. I miss having a nice dinner with my husband in a restaurant. I miss seeing the excitement on my daughters face as she gets ready to return to school 😢
Happy BIG birthday!! I am certain that your beautiful family will do something to celebrate you. My mom turns 70 and our youngest turns 10, so we can relate to all those feelings. HUGS to you all!
I miss teaching and connecting with parents in person. I am so grateful to still be able to connect and support parents online but Zoom classes just aren’t the same. I miss big, loving hugs with friends and family. I miss watching my eldest son and his band perform and bring joy to others and watching them spread their light while also increasing their own light. I miss getting to see my sister and her family when they come to visit each summer from Singapore. I am looking forward to big smiles and big hugs when we see the people we haven’t seen in months, I know the wait will be worth it!
Thank you Mercy. I feel every word you wrote! And thank you for adapting and continuing to teach- in what will surely be a “different” school year!
Are you ready for this one? I miss public bathrooms!! Never thought I would say that, but when we venture on a hike or drive into the mountains, our pit stops look a little different these days.
Also the connection with neighbors and school families walking to school in the mornings and afternoons, friends who live close by but we haven’t seen, all those summer trips we had planned with extended family, and, yes, the simplicity of a smile to/from a stranger.
I can relate to all that! And yes, thank you for mentioning bathrooms….ha!!
Just a note that I loved this most recent blog post and could very much relate. The small things we CAN still have (ice cream cones, watching the sunset, sitting in a hammock chair, etc.) also have come to mean so much more.
Hope you all are doing well. Think of you often. 😊 Keri
Thank you for sharing! I am so glad you related to this post!
I really miss the connections with friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. If we see friends, they are kept at arms length (so hard not to hug!) and if I see a stranger in the store, I do my best to give “eye smiles” above the mask but it just isn’t the same.
Agreed! Eye smiles are not the same as smiles and genuine hugs!
I miss hugging friends and family, smiling at strangers passing by me in a store, summer vacation with my family, big summer get togethers with my friends & all of the kids running around, laughing and playing, sitting at the pool with my neighbors. and, did I mention vacations with my family? 😉❤️
Thank you Cher!! We miss our family beach vacation SO much!