Drawing on New York City subways used to be my favorite pre-pandemic pastime. It used to calm me and make me pay more attention to life around me. I haven't done it in a while and gave it a try again recently. It feels different, but I like how it makes me feel a little bit closer to other people in a city of strangers.
[3-panel comic of a girl with braid, remembering her favorite pre-pandemic pastime. Panel 1, black and white frame of a girl sketching in a subway car: "My favorite pre-pandemic pastime used to be drawing on the subway." Panel two, full color, girl wearing a mask, standing stiffly on the subway, not touching anything. Text reads: "I haven't felt at ease enough to do it in a couple of years. Recently, I pulled out a sketchbook again on a long subway ride." Panel 3, full color, wide angle frame of a subway car of people, mostly wearing masks. Girl sits in the subway car with a sketchbook on her lap. Text reads: "Of course, nothing is the same anymore, but it did remind me of how much I miss -- [she crinkles eyes] -- creepily watching other people." Although the scene implies that the pandemic is ongoing, there is also a coziness in the subway car of people just living their lives. Two masked young people share a "shimmy of laughter."]
And like here, there's always that one young man who won't wear a mask on mass transport!
Good eye, Anna, and good catch.
"My favorite pre-pandemic activity.."
It makes for an interesting question. What was your favorite pre-pandemic memory?
I can hardly remember what my favorite pre-pandemic activity was.
I loved going to the movies. I went to a Bogart/Bacall film where the audience (full house) stood and cheered at the ending. That was an electric memorable moment.
Being with friends at dinner was nice. Studying.
I hardly remember. Scary.
We need to remember as Connie has done here.
Being able to see my friends' faces from the nose down.
Having a job.
Feeling the air on my cheeks and chin.
Going to a tapas bar or a restaurant just because, having a job, I could afford it.
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