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Just daydreaming of a summer that’s back to normal, one where children don’t suffocate playing in masks and parents have back-to-school to look forward to; where salad lunches can be enjoyed indoors out of sweltering heat and where we could travel and roam carefree, where sharing watermelon at baby showers and blowing candles at birthday parties in the park weren’t causes for concern.
I visited my mom and sister today, both working for schools – one in California and the other in Europe – both ending their summers. I asked if my mother has dined out since COVID started, and she has not, foregoing her usual girl dates with fellow work colleagues. I asked my sister if she’s figured out the VISA thing yet what with the consulate being closed and all. She has not, despite having shipped all of her stuff to Spain for the upcoming school year.
Time flew in stillness. We blinked and the break is gone, but the virus remains. I wonder if this really is our new forever.
Hand-in-hand with my day-dreaming are the following few things that exude everything summer represented in my youth, as well as the things I miss dearly about my favorite season of the year.
- An inflatable swimming pool set up on backyard concrete and front-lawn grass.
- Swimwear that’s a bit retro, and a lot of sustainability.
- A pair of sunnies for brighter days.
- Striped beach towels for lounging on the strand.
- Insurance against sun damage.
- A beach umbrella to collect friends under.
- A fisherman’s hat, for gathering hair as well as seashells.