Vaccine daydreams and Pfizer fantasies

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Feb 25, 2021

Have you had your COVID-19 vaccination(s) yet? Me, neither. Who would have thought we'd spend the winter doldrums waiting eagerly for a jab with a needle?

One way to pass the time while waiting for that all-important phone call from your health care provider inviting you to present yourself for an injection is to fantasize about what you will do once you get the shots that (nearly) everyone wants.

I'm dreaming of a (still masked) trip to the grocery store to cruise the aisles and pore over produce I've only bought online for months now. How wonderful to select your own strawberries, asparagus, tomatoes, potatoes! How delightful to dally among the radishes, loiter with the lemons (or limes), palaver with the pears!

Standing in a deli line? You mean, with other people, actual human beings, some of whom I've never even met? Sounds great! Of course, I'll stay 6 feet away from my fellow shoppers, but just seeing other people in person would be wonderful.

Another of my daydreams is about getting my hair cut. It has been a good (or maybe not-so-good) nine months or more since I darkened the door of a professional salon. Maureen has cut my hair a few times, but neither of us really enjoys the experience. It's just to keep me from going crazy as my locks grow unruly. Imagine -- to walk into the shop and have someone waiting there who really knows how to cut hair! And to walk out again looking presentable, rather than like someone inverted a bowl on your head and trimmed around the bottom — because that's what they did.

We've indulged in a little bit of curbside takeout over the last months, but when I get my shots, maybe I can actually walk in to pick up the order. No seated indoor dining, not just yet, but just to get out of the car would be a change.

Do I dare imagine going into my local library? Once I'm vaccinated, it's a tantalizing possibility.

We might even take a road trip — but that really is the stuff of fantasy.

Of course, there are also some less-fun things I'm putting off until after I get my shots, a couple of non-urgent medical tests. But they will be more than made up for by the visits, maybe even with hugs, that I will be newly able to enjoy.

Sadly, I think in-person church services are still some months away, but I will continue to dream about them while I wait for my date with Pfizer or Moderna — or maybe, could it be? A one-jab stand with Johnson & Johnson!

While all the things I miss are non-essentials, most of them are also things I had come to take for granted, and for that I could almost be grateful to this plague, if it weren't wreaking such havoc in the lives of so many others. It is good to be reminded of the abundance of simple blessings in my life, and to pay attention to them.

One thing I had taken for granted that I am now reminded is a truly remarkable blessing is modern medicine. For all the faults of the way it is administered in this country, it was modern medicine that brought us the vaccines in barely a year from the outbreak of the pandemic, and for that I really am grateful.

It's worth waiting in line for.

Sarah E. Reynolds is editor of The Republican Journal.

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