02A85: Reflections and Considerations

Sunday Keto Pandesal

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 631

It was my mother's birthday on Friday, so we made brunch plans on Saturday so we could spend some quality time together. It was just me and my brother with her and it marked one of the first times that we've been able to eat you together since the start of the pandemic. Kinda bonkers.

It was a good lunch but an even better conversation. We talked about a lot of things but eventually got into talking about how things were when we were younger. You can take your childhood for granted since of course your perspective at the time was pretty limited in scope. But to be able to ask more adult questions about what happened when you were kids is a kind of magic all of its own. And no matter how well you think you know your own childhood, there's bound to be stuff you had never heard of or realized before. 

I guess I've been thinking about a lot of things, and it was nice to bring them up with Mom, even just over brunch. At the very least, the stories help provide a better perspective for certain things that tie into stuff I've been mulling over. 

To add to everything was the fact that O Bar finally re-opened this week, and that has been a whole mess of complex emotions all by itself. We always knew that this was going to be a big deal, especially given how long the quarantine measures prevented the place from re-opening. It was quite the emotional experience to be back among close friends and to see the O Divas perform in person. 

And the fact that we hadn't seen so many friends in person for so long was quite an emotional weight of its own. It just felt so good to be with everyone again. Sure we could have video calls at home and virtual drinking sessions via video conference calls. But being able to share a space together and being able to dance within relative proximity is naturally so much better than doing so within the confines of your own home.

I hope things don't get worse given things like the omicron virus. It'll be absolutely heartbreaking if things need to shut down again, so we can only hope that people continue to get vaccinated and such. It's nice to live our actual lives again, even with all the added restrictions and limitations. It's still worlds better than what we've been dealing with for nearly two years now. 

And now that the O Bar side of our life has come back, I can only hope it's just a matter of time before our in person game nights come back as well.