I was driving past a full parking lot the other day, distantly thinking that it was odd. Pulling the thought to the forefront of another narrative running through my head, I realized it was because the lot is used by those who take our suburban commuter bus downtown. People are returning to work. After Target announced it would no longer be requiring employees to report to their downtown head office, I thought other employers would follow suit. Apparently not.
My late afternoon errand was uncomfortably delayed by the first traffic jam I’ve been boxed into in two years. Dreadful. Stuck between long lines of vehicles crawling along a freeway. No- I didn’t check the mapping app to see if there was a better route. I haven’t had to for so long that it didn’t even occur to me. Rush hour is back, and it is ugly.
As the few masks I’ve kept handy in my purse are pulverized at the bottom of my Kate Spade handbag I realize that I haven’t worn one in ages. And I’m thankful.