THE ANGEL – California’s reopening is only a week away. What can we expect and how do the Southern Californians feel about it?
It’s been a tough year and a half for Grace Nathaniel. And that feeling isn’t exclusive to her. She says she is happy June 15th – the day California reopens its economy is finally around the corner. And the first thing she wants to do is, “I want to stay home!” She says, “I’m glad the world is opening up, but it’s also a little scary,” considering all the people who might be on the go.
But what is scary to Grace Nathaniel is a door to freedom for others to visit nightspots and socialize with other people. Derin Oyekan says he really misses that.
And Peter Delvis says get well soon. He says he’s “tired of the masks and restrictions (and being told) that you can’t do this … you can’t … you can’t do that.” For him, the governments have exaggerated. “
Whatever the feeling is – political or personal – there is a feeling and a desire to reconnect with others, but will it be punches or old-fashioned handshakes? The hand movements can be confusing. So long it was kicks and elbows. Psychotherapist Lynn Lanni says moving back to a normal economy and hopefully normal life could push some of our buttons. She says it’s like coming out of hibernation.
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Some, like Matty Vonarx at Yonder Coffee Shop in Northridge, say, “I think it would be cool to go to a sports game again. I like sports games.” Belle Cagas, owner of Yonder Coffee, says, “I would like to go back to the Philippines or Canada and visit my family.
Brent Dilger says, “I’m looking forward to Disneyland. It’s one of my favorites.” Dilger’s son Carder will still go socially aloof into June 15 due to insecurity he feels. He says: “Of course I think that I will play it safe for a long time.”
Or maybe you’re like Genevieve Levin. Your baby is coming TODAY !!! And so the whole family is in town for a reunion. A first since the pandemic.
Mom was from Chicago. She says of her daughter: “I usually see her twice a year and again, it was very tough.”
Your sister flew in from Iowa. For her: “It’s pretty much the biggest thing that has happened in the last 6 months. She’s my favorite person in the world, so I was looking forward to it.”
So for the Levin family: “Life is pretty good!”