Saturday, March 20, 2021

In the North Country of New Hampshire, when it hits above 40 degrees after a long cold winter, it’s officially spring. People were out walking. People were driving with their windows down. I think if the ice cream shop was open today, you would have seen people lined up for a cone.

I went to Walmart. I very rarely go to Walmart and when I do, it is always an experience. I don’t know why but I see so many people wearing their face masks improperly at Walmart. I see so many noses. We shouldn’t be seeing any noses.

Yesterday I went to Home Depot and there was a nice man who was helping me with track lighting. The only problem was that he was a close talker. I kept having to take steps backwards to keep some distance. I think that was the closest I’ve gotten to a stranger in a year.

I wonder how long it will take for me to be able to relax into being close to people again. Sometimes now, when I’m watching something on TV, there will be a scene where there are lots of people in an enclosed space. It makes me uncomfortable. I don’t think I’m going to be able to flip a switch and get back to normal. It’s going to take some time.

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