The following is my list of lasts from the Before Time (pre-COVID-19)—the last time I ventured outside my neighbourhood on transit and had in-person contact with other people. It really sums up the people, places and things I love—and really miss.
Last time I saw my parents: November 3, 2019 at the Elm Hurst Inn (Ingersoll), for our extended family pre-holiday brunch (they headed to Arizona that week and returned home in March)
Last time I saw my sister, brothers, sisters-in-law and nephews: December 26 at my sister’s house for our annual Boxing Day feast (brother-in-law was in New Zealand; saw him last at Elm Hurst Inn brunch)
Last time I saw a close friend: Dee, on March 11 at Presse Café at Bloor/Yonge
Last hug: March 11 (see last time I saw a close friend—we totally forgot to do the elbow bump)
Last time riding TTC: March 11 (see last time I saw a close friend)
Last reading I saw: March 6, Studio 180 Theatre’s The Cane at Buddies in Bad Times
Last brunch: March 7, with friends Brenda and Kerri at 7 West Café
Last play I saw: March 7, ARC’s OIL at Geary Lane
Last thrift shopping: March 4, with my friend Lizzie in the Bloor/Lansdowne area, finishing at Value Village
Last hair cut: February 25 at Top Cuts, with Rhonda at Avenue/Lawrence
Last art show I saw: February 23, Winter Stations at Woodbine Beach
Last gathering: February 22, friend Zoltan’s birthday party at his/Lizzie’s place
When was the last time you saw loved ones in person? The last hug you gave/received? The last movie you saw at a movie theatre?
p.s. Since I wrote this post and scheduled it for publishing, the Government of Ontario announced that Toronto and Peel will be heading into stage 2 today (Wed, June 24). Now, as we’re gradually able to be together again—still following public health measures—we can finally look forward to some firsts.