Seeing NYC Return To Life During The Pandemic Gave Me Hope

The subway driver says, “You’ve arrived! 59th Street Columbus Circle. New York City!”

I exit the subway and am swept into a blur of people who don’t know I exist. I go to the park.

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The woman sitting on the bench next to me says, “I’m 101 years old today. Can you imagine making it to 101?” She smiles, rolling her eyes.

I smile back and say, “That’s a big accomplishment. Congratulations.”