It all started on a sunny, spring morning. The year was 2021, five months in. The birds were singing wildly to the wind. The dew slowly starting to
evaporate. The spiders sat so still in the middle of their webs.
I lit my last cigarette. I inhale deeply. The smoke billows out of my nose and mouth with force as I sighed. My thoughts fixated on all the news from
this past year. All the words that circle are; mask mandates, ppe, nonessentials closed, essentials open, quarantine, COVID, COVID 19, conronavirus,
sars-Cov-2, hospitals overcrowded, ventilators, not enough ventilators, travel bans, curfews, rushed vaccine, mRNA, death... the new normal. The smoke
was swirling with the rhythm of my thoughts; everywhere.
I smashed the cig into the ashtray and stood up to grab my bag and keys. Heading to my Jeep, I hop in and connect my phone to the radio. I put on
space oddity by David Bowie. I turn it up as loud as I can.
I slowly back out of my driveway. As I shifted into drive, I look straight at the long road ahead. I floored it! 30, 55, 80, 89.... Zap!
My Jeep comes screeching to an abrupt halt. I gather my bearings and hop out. I run up to the first person I see and ask, “what year is it?” They
look at me with utter confusion and reply “2019.” Relief engulfs me. I’ll stay here. This will be my new normal.
(Wrote this on my phone so not sure how it’ll look on a screen, sorry!)
Thanks for reading!
edit on 04/30/2021 by CrazyBlueCat because: Added a comma
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