Ah, to think back to days of yore! Back when you could go out to eat with friends and family. Back before John and I had COVID-19 and actually had appetites.
Dining out, we took ye for granted. Sticky booths, surly waitstaff, overpriced appetizers come back, I promise we'll be good this time. Why don't you love us anymore? Researching "dining out" brought a tear to my eye thinking back on a lifetime of milestones marked by celebratory meals. At this point, I would even eat at a chain restaurant! Semi-frozen burger? Sure. Lumpy ketchup as my only condiment? Bring it!
We discussed the historical timeline and markers of why and how humans have enjoyed being hosted and served. The intrinsic trust and faith that we place in the hands of strangers to be taken care of. Eating in restaurants allows us to enjoy and learn about other cultures and ethnicities, to partake in food that we could never recreate ourselves, we gain appreciation for the labors of others and come out better for it.
Of all the minor inconveniences of this pandemic, this is the activity I miss most. Wonder what I will Postmates tonight? I stole John's account number.
- Greg Mitchell