Post-Pandemic “Firsts”

Megan Peters, Helena, Mont.

“I love to swim at my local Y.M.C.A. Getting into the pool always felt like utter bliss, and I would wonder, “Why don’t I do this everyday?” I dream about gliding, swirling, splashing and plunging in the water again.”

Sharene Voelkel, San Jose, Calif.

“I cannot wait to go to the movie theater. The movie itself? Irrelevant. I want to arrive early and buy an ungodly amount of popcorn. I can just see it now, getting excited while watching the trailers. Hearing strangers in the audience chuckle, gasp or cry. The camaraderie of strangers in the dark.”

Emma Bausch, Chicago

“Taking my kids to an indoor play area! McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Chuck E. Cheese. Keeping three kids happy inside a house for the whole summer was so hard.”

Lily Rotering, Fort Worth

“Taking public transit. I miss the convenience of not having to worry about parking. I can’t wait to hear the Red Line El train conductor who always tells people ‘May the Force be with you’ after they exit the train. I miss waiting at bus stops with friends or people-watching in a subway car. There’s something about taking public transit that makes me feel like I am a part of the city.”

Rebecca Silverman, Chicago

“I am 85 years old. When the pandemic began, I was 84, and when it ends I will probably be 86. Two years at the end of one’s life are rather valuable. What I’d like to do is fly to Boston and walk the Freedom Trail; drive to Maine and find a lobster shack; and visit Egypt to sail down the Nile.”

Jo Procter, Chevy Chase, Md.

“I’m most looking forward to taking my son to Disneyland. I’ve been saving up for almost 10 years, since he was a baby, and we were supposed to go this summer.”

Courtney Keeler, Denver

“No more Zoom dates.”

Alexander Hartson, Washington, D.C.

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