I took my mom to an early morning appointment the other day. When we were done I suggested we go to a nearby mall and have a coffee in the food court.
I used to work at that mall when I was a teenager. My mom worked there for almost 30 years as well.
It’s been renovated a few times, and is currently quite bright, much more so than during my youth.
But it was eerily empty.
Granted it was shortly after opening time, but typically the mall used to be quite busy at that time of day. Especially the food court where the coffee shop and seating area were often populated by little groups of seniors. Some of the seniors, women mostly, would use the mall for exercise; they were affectionately called mall walkers.
Another regular feature was the puppies-in-training for the blind (seeing eyes dogs). The trainers would take the puppies and teach them how to navigate stairs and escalators…
But none of that is happening anymore.
Instead, there’s a security guard at the entrance of the seating area in the food court. He stood behind a plexiglass shield mounted to a table and demanded to see proof of vaccine along with some photo ID.
It’s baffling, isn’t it. Who are these people making these rules?
At least I was able to use the restroom… It wasn’t that long ago when they kept the restrooms shut because they were unable to sanitize after each patron used the facilities.
Given the fact that there is running water with soap in these facilities one might think this is a good thing during a pandemic rampant with infectious diseases…
There I am taking a selfie in the restroom mirror of the very empty and very clean public bathroom.
In fact I should point out I was wearing two pieces of my own homemade jewelry for the occasion of being out of the house and out in public. Let me show you!
Both the necklace and the bracelet are available for sale. Leave me a comment if you’re interested, or check my jewelry tab.
So there it go. Proof of vaccine life in pandemic Canada. Such fun. 🙄