When the pandemic is finished, I will be a different person than I was when it began. After all, that was March 2020. I am a different person than I was in March 2021, as well as 2020.
When the pandemic is finished, I will take two of the bandannas I turned into facemasks and turn them into cello-polishers. I bought those to start making masks after I proved that I could do so with the bandannas I was using at the time to polish my cello.
When the pandemic is finished, I will take the ponytail holders that made the first ear loops in my masks and put them to use holding back my hair. I have discovered that I’d rather do that than go back to the short cuts I got until January 2020.
When the pandemic is finished, I will be an introvert — just as I have been all my life. For months after the March 2020 shutdowns, most of the staying home was no bother at all to me. Unlike extroverts, who recharge through social activity, I get drained by most of it, so I need time alone to recharge. But time away from church and from my small circle of close friends have themselves been draining. Once the rest of the vaccination takes hold, I want to be able to choose again who can and should get close.
When the pandemic is finished, chances are I won’t go to most large gatherings. (After all, it’s the offseason for the Blackhawks, not that tickets are in my budget right now.) But I will enjoy reading reviews and knowing that places built for crowds of extroverts (and adventurous introverts) are filling up again.
When the pandemic is finished, I will wear my good clothes and my best jewelry for a real, honest special occasion — not “I’m wearing them, so therefore that makes it a special occasion.” I will think of my parents at V-E Day and V-J Day and know how a real party (for the end of a real problem) truly feels.