Shopping then and now | Living Well with Parkinsons Disease

By Sheryl Jedlinski

Growing up on Long Island in the 1960’s, my friends and I looked forward to spending our Saturdays at one of the new enclosed shopping malls becoming part of our suburban landscape. Over time, the shopping experience grew to be even more fun with the addition of a more diverse mix of stores, popular restaurants, and movie theaters.

I never imagined that 50-plus years later, in “a brave new world,” shopping malls would be on lock down 24 – 7, shoppers would be confined to their homes to “shelter in place,” and non-violent prisoners (ironically including some shoplifters) would get early release. The idea is to reduce person-to-person contact and the spread of billions of invisible to the naked eye microbes responsible for the current pandemic.

Desperate to recapture the joy of shopping with others, I arranged to meet my friend, Judy, online at our favorite store’s web site. Ordinarily we put some thought into our shopping attire, but knowing we would encounter no one, I remained in my comfy pjs. Our hearts raced a bit at the sight of a sale sign offering 40 percent off our entire order, and free shipping with no minimum purchase. As enticing as this is, however, neither of us reached for our credit card. It’s difficult to get too excited about buying anything when we know we have nowhere to wear it to for the foreseeable future.

For now, Judy and I are limiting our shopping outings to grocery stores and pharmacies where we will hopefully find the essentials – surgical masks and plastic gloves – necessary to move about safely in our new normal world. We look forward to the day when we  can again roam freely and enjoy shopping and lunching at our favorite stores and restaurants

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