Things I Miss

Things I Miss

By Jane Tawel

May 27, 2020


I’ll confess, there are actually a lot of things, frankly, that I like about sheltering in – not the fear and health and deaths and unemployment –but I mean things I personally like. I like the time I have to chill more, read more, binge watch more, relax more. I like having more morning time to watch and listen to birds, more intentional communication with friends and family, more time to be still and meditate, pray, imagine; etc. etc.  But here are ten things I didn’t realize how much I would miss.



  1. Getting “dressed up” and wearing work-clothes that don’t include sweats and t-shirts.
  2. Smiling at strangers as I pass them in public places. (Or at least strangers being able to see that I am smiling at them).
  3. Entertaining big swarms of friends and family – I’d even cook AND clean- up after, at this point.
  4. Thinking about, planning for, anticipating ANYTHING other than what to eat that day.
  5. I actually miss NOT having enough time to keep eating, and keep eating, and keep eating, and having to stop eating because I’m too busy.
  6. Soft, un-chapped hands that don’t look like they should belong to a lizard.
  7. Going whichever way I need to go down the grocery aisles – arrows are tough for directionally challenged people like I. It takes quite a bit of thought for some of us to redirect. I miss following the directions of my own skewed and screwy internal compass.
  8. Hugs
  9. Hugs
  10. Hugs

Stay safe, stay sane, stay hopeful.  ~~Jane