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kleinbl00  ·  294 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Conversation Pit

I have gone to great lengths to ensure my child's childhood is nothing like my own.

We had three COVID scares at the office last year. It's forced near-total isolation as we do everything in our power because daily the receptionist is having to argue with people to put on a mask. I had a conversation in the garage last Thursday. it was the first face-to-face contact in eight months.

We ate at a restaurant two Fridays ago, after we'd both had at least one of our shots. Felt positively sinful.

Mother-in-law goes for Shot 1 Tuesday. Maybe next week the kid will see her grandparents for the first time since October. They live less than a mile away.

thenewgreen  ·  294 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're doing a great job, KB. It can be difficult to break the cycle of providing bad childhoods. Mine wasn't perfect (who's is?) but there was a ton of good there and I'm focusing on replicating that. You're an incredibly smart person, there had to be SOME good there, right? Maybe?

Re the restaurant, I can't even imagine what eating inside a restaurant would be like. A few weeks ago my wife and I ate outside at a restaurant patio. Masks on, and tables VERY spread out. It felt weird. But the strangest thing was that to get to the patio you had to walk through the packed interior of the restaurant. Those people just didn't give a damn... sitting at the bar, eating and drinking away. It looked so strange. It's amazing how quickly the old world seems strange. When I watch films with people hugging and shaking hands with relative strangers, it's appalling.

I do miss it though. Dining in, sitting at a bar. I think the last time I was at a bar was with ecib and mk in Ann Arbor. I had been traveling for weeks and had a horrendous cough. I am now convinced I had COVID. This was late February 2020. I'm gonna take an antibody test this week.

Glad you have been vaccinated. My wife just got her second dose. Once we have both been vaccinated, I will still be cautious, but I may MAY just sneak up to a bar and have a quick pint. Just cause.

Who knows... maybe I'll even see you in 2021? That would be awesome.