I miss

Libraries. Biking to campus on days when it’s nice out. Listening to music on the bus. Hanging out with friends at a nearby bar. Occasionally solo eating at a cafe, reading a book from the aforementioned library. Going to class. Writing on the board in my classrooms. Getting coffee from the cafes on campus.

Being able to plan for some kind of future and not have it feel like a futile endeavor. Going to the grocery store on a whim to get the one ingredient missing for an elaborate dessert recipe. Playing board games with friends. Writing in the park. Planning travel to different places. Getting tickets to events I think my partner will like. Going to the movies and getting popcorn.

Not having the phrase “if it happens” appended to the end of every thought about some future event I’m looking forward to.

(There are a lot of things I won’t miss about a pre-pandemic world. There are lots of things I do miss that I haven’t thought of yet to list them. What do you miss? What do you not miss? Let me know in the comments.)

Header image from Pixabay.

Published by Caroliena Cabada

Caroliena Cabada is a writer currently based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing, Fiction, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her writing has been published in online and print journals and anthologies, and has been selected for Best Small Fictions 2021.

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