Post-Pandemic Bucket List

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If the pandemic ended tomorrow, what would you do?

Jump for joy! Celebrate! Hug all my friends! Hug all my enemies! (Would anyone even have an enemy in a pandemic-free world? With all that happiness? Not likely.) But seriously, we’ve all missed out on so many things we were looking forward to. Maybe we should make lists and prioritize.

Here are some of the things I will want to do:

  • Help my daughter plan her wedding. Her boyfriend proposed a year ago, and the plan was to be married by now. But Covid.
  • Travel. But first my hubby needs to get stronger. (We were supposed to go to my fifty-year high school reunion in New Jersey this past August, but Covid.) Maybe Singapore, even if we don’t leave the airport. (You saw this yesterday if you follow my Creative Juice. If you don’t, why not?)
  • Have a dinner party. We didn’t do a family Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t know what we’ll do for Christmas. But I’d love to have a big blast when the pandemic’s over.
  • Go to a writer’s conference. It’s been ages since I’ve been to one.
  • Go on a writer’s retreat. I actually dreamt about that this week. I need some undisturbed writing time.
  • Rejoin all my activities that got canceled. Like church choir and handbell choir, the Piecemakers quilting ministry, and Phoenix International Folk Dancers.
  • See all my friends whom I’ve only seen on Facetime and Zoom for so long.
  • Get a mani pedi.
  • Go to the movies.
  • Go out for dinner.
  • Go to the library.
  • Retail therapy. At a physical store. Trying on clothes.
  • Go hiking. I could probably do that now. The parks were closed for a while. A couple of weeks ago I drove to South Mountain Park, and the entire parking lot was packed. Duh—I went on a Sunday. I should have known better. So much for social distancing. I left and walked around the neighborhood instead.

Now it’s your turn. What are you looking forward to doing when there are no longer any restrictions? Share in the comments below.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

6 responses »

  1. I’m going to mull over my list. I know going to a play in a theater will be on the list.

    I’d love to know what writers’ conferences you like. I’ve been to Middlebury’s Breadloaf Writers’ Workshop and one for women called, A Room of One’s Own.

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    • I’ve been to some of the Christian ones: American Christian Writers (in Phoenix), Mount Hermon, Glorieta. In 2004 I went to the Maui Writers conference–awesome. I’ve been to smaller ones, too. I’d like to go SCBWI and the Writers Digest conference; also to the Unicorn Writers Conference at Manhattanville College, and the Kauai Writers Conference. Spread over several years, of course, as they are rather pricey.

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