“Imagine feeling free to dine indoors with your loved ones to imbibe, audibly say YUM while eating, and talk about everything and nothing at all during our countless rainy days. Sounds a lot better than standing outside, awkwardly yelling behind a mask at one another while letting your takeout get cold, right?

I miss dining among strangers. I miss seeing smiles and smiling back. I miss sitting at a restaurant’s chef’s counter or bar, and getting hypnotized by the people behind them, practicing their craft. I miss the days that our restaurants didn’t have to fight extra hard to survive — the industry already sees such thin margins without COVID restrictions.

These are all reasons why I will be, and looking forward to, getting my COVID vaccine.”