“So nice to see you again,” she said. But we both were covered in masks, goggles, gloves, etc. All I could think was “How the heck can you see me? I don’t see you.’’

Just a pile of protection. But I kept quiet.

This was my first trip to the dentist since before the pandemic and all I could think was how invisible we all seem behind all these layers of isolating protective garb.

Then at one point when I was in the chair we made eye contact and I thought “Oh yeah, I remember that.’’ People. Connection. Community.

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