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From the managing editor: What do you miss most about ‘normal’?

From the managing editor: What do you miss most about ‘normal’?

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Last Tuesday, a friend posted on social media about how much she and her husband missed attending concerts. They had left our hometown for Kentucky to be near their children, and discovered a plethora of musical opportunities.

And then COVID-19 hit and our worlds started spinning, filled with so many unknowns, including “What can I do?”, “What should I do?”, and “Do I dare do that?”

As we’ve passed the one full year mark, I’m starting to get a bit anxious about resuming some normal routine. But what will normal be for us moving forward?

I have been cautious but have not eliminated some shopping. And Mom and I continue to follow the “Shop Local” theme as often as possible.

It will be a welcome sight to see a movie “on the big screen”, in addition to getting a bucket of the best theater popcorn.

As more and more restaurants are operating with relaxed restrictions following Governor Northam’s announcement last Wednesday, it will be so inviting to enjoy dining in public.

Now, I have not gotten overly prissy because I have received two doses of Moderna (thank you very much, Chickahominy Health District!), and I single or double mask, depending on the locale and how many people may be in contact range.

Throughout this pandemic, I have been a Dr. Anthony Fauci follower -- and will continue to heed his advice/direction.

In 2019, I had purchased the Broadway in Richmond season, with the enthusiasm of being able to take Mom to see “Hamilton”. Well, like so many events and activities, the productions were delayed or refunded. I hope we can soon see a return of the many entertaining offers at the Altria Theatre.

While we look to adapt to the ongoing changes with the potential control of the coronavirus, let’s at least be thankful for spring. Despite seasonal sneezing, etc., I love the signs of spring -- blooming trees, blossoming flowers, and the sounds of children at play.

Going back to music, let’s try this song title from Timbuk 3 in 1986: “The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)”.

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