We’re staying home, we’re staying masked, we’re staying far away from everyone we know (and also everyone we don’t) as we do our part to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 12,000 people in our city. Here’s what I’d most want to do, if only I could:
I want to ride the subway to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and wander shoulder to shoulder with strangers under cherry blossoms in peak bloom. I want to sit under a tree and ignore my kids while they run pell-mell and declare themselves best friends with kids they’ve only just met. I want to drink a covert cocktail. I want to feel a flush in my cheeks. I want to take the long walk home, through the exit that passes by the lilac bushes. I want to feel unexpectedly too hot. I want to throw my hair into a pony tied up with colorful silk. I want to coax tired kids to walk just a little bit longer. I want to give up and stop for an early pizza dinner at a restaurant where the owner gives everyone hugs. I want to cave and say yes to ice cream cones. I want to run into my niece and nephew and give them a million sloppy kisses. I want to chat on the street corner with my sister until kids start to melt around our ankles and we have to say goodbye. I want to come home to an apartment I’ve been outside of all day long, to kick off my sneakers, to put kids exhausted from a day’s exertion to bed.
A net bag for necessities.
A gloss for poppy-colored lips.
Too big earrings.
A pair of high-top classics.
A pair of silken scrunchies for getting my hair off my neck.
A tube of sunscreen for good measure.
A fistful of flowers to bring back to my kitchen.
In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few very real things we can do:
Wear a mask: Know the difference between ingress and egress; you wear a mask for your neighbors and your neighbors wear their masks for you; even with masks, we all stay at least 6-feet apart.
Track the spread: For fellow New Yorkers, take a daily survey to help track and stop the spread of Covid-19.