Today, Christine and I planned a day trip to The Crossings which is a huge mall about an hour from us. We planned to go there with the purpose of attempting to get into the Rainforest Cafe to eat, something that has eluded us the past couple times we went there. Usually its about a 2 hour wait to get in and when we visited the mall in the past we were always hungry and in no frame of mind to wait in the line. This time we would show up not hungry, plan stuff to do in the mall and get on the list early. Turns out the pandemic had compounded that normal, two hour wait time into two whole days. We were thouroughly upset to say the least.
We ended up in a theatre line, inside the mall and getting tickets to see Raya and the Last Dragon. This little boy, turns around and begins talking to us. He explains how excited he is to get out of the house and go do stuff and that the mall is so cool. He proceeds to to talk to us about video games he played at the arcade (suggesting some that we might like), asks if we have kids and then attempts to guess what we both do for work. We ended up by coincidence, in the same showing for the movie as his Grandma and him. He was pretty thrilled that we were seeing the same one.
That little interaction really put into perspective just how interconnected we all are and how impacted each of has been with being so cooped up. Also it put a huge smile on both our faces, reminding us just how much we want to be parents.