COVID-19 and quarantine life have caused many unexpected delights. Penguins in museums. Long-distance zoom attendance of faraway friends at nearby events. Neighbors singing to one another on balconies.
One of these delights is my friendship with E&E. We got put on the same work schedule, commiserated and worried and laughed about the ridiculousness of working through a pandemic, and started a group chat (“Golden Gears” copyright pending) of epic proportions to continue to do more of the same.
Things I appreciate about the Golden Gears:
- E&E consistently make me guffaw — whether it’s wry observations about coworkers or the aptly placed Office gif, these people are always making me crack up with stories I retell Mark and that make him fall in like with them, too. “Ayyy Marco!!”
- Our hangouts are warm and loud and lingery, staying well beyond the confines of the mealtime we started with. I love that being in each other’s quarantine circles has made us open up our homes to each other a lot faster than we might have, as coworker-friends in the Before COVID times, when we probably would have started with those cramped happy hours that are sometimes more tiring than reinvigorating. House hangs ftw.
- We’re good at being generous with each other. With our time during those long lingering hangouts, with the stories we intentionally ask one another to share, with encouragement and support from the other two when one of us is feeling short or uncertain of the tasks ahead of us. Alone, we’re doubters, but together, we’re each other’s biggest cheering squad and admirers, full of righteous confidence for the third in turns.
- Even more than the randomly assigned work schedule in the midst of a pandemic, our lil coterie was born of a common desire to push each other to pursue our dreams and things. To not forget about the next Big Steps we’ve been thinking non-concretely about. To be there for each other in the midst of big adulting moments, as we purchased houses and dreamt of moving to Japan.
We had been watching and wanting to be friends with each other from afar, so I’m so thankful for these unexpected and pleasant repercussions of the global pandemic that slowed us down enough, made us pause enough, opened us up enough to become real live friends in this Young Professional era, where it feels like we’re too old for the instant heart and mind connections of ye olde college days and too young for the life-stage ones, where your kids or your dogs bring you new friends you secretly judge and begrudge on bad days.
Love yawl, E&E. Would marry the heck out of yawl if we were so inclined.