Learn English – What I miss most

Since Covid19, our lives have changed.  We can’t do or go or have all that we are used to.  In this video I describe 5 activities that I can’t do right now and why they are important to me.


Hey there, this is Maria from English without Fear. I miss life the way it used to be before this virus. Today I’m going to tell you five things I miss most. So sit back, relax, listen, and just try to understand as much as you can.

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Life is not the same today as it was before. The Covid virus changed things. That’s for sure. And even though here in Alabama on this day that I’m recording, April 2nd, 2020, we have not been ordered to stay in our houses. Not yet, but there are things I really miss from before, things that I took for granted.

What does it mean to take something for granted? When you take something for granted, that means you think of it as normal. You don’t even think of it. You don’t even thank God for it. It’s just part of your routine.

Well, what’s one thing I miss a lot? Don’t laugh. I miss getting my nails done. Yes, every four weeks I go to Henry, Henry in his shop, and he does my fingernails and he does my toenails. It’s relaxing and my nails look good and I really like that. But I can’t go get my nails done anymore because that is not an essential business. That is not a necessity, not like food.

I can’t get my hair done anymore and I miss that. Every eight weeks  I go to my hairdresser and she freshens my color or else I would be gray. She adds color like when I was a girl, same color. And she trims my hair. My appointment was supposed to be two weeks ago. I couldn’t go. She and other hair salons had closed their shops. I miss getting my hair done. 

What’s something else I really miss? Number three is Amazon has stopped sending next day, two-day service books that I order. Last week was my friend Lise, it was her birthday and I ordered a book for her to arrive on March 31st. And Amazon said ‘Delivery date:  three weeks out, 21st or 22nd of April.’ 

What has happened is that Amazon is only delivering right away, essential items like vitamins and food, health supplies. So, the book I ordered for my friend Lise, won’t come for another several weeks. And I had ordered another book for another friend, not for her birthday, but just because she’s my friend. And that won’t come until the third week of April.

I miss Amazon’s next day or second day delivery. We have Amazon Prime, but things have changed. 

What else do I miss? Church church is very different. We used to go every Sunday morning and every Wednesday night. We now have virtual church for Sunday morning. The service is streaming and we participate at home, but it’s not the same. I can’t see the girls with whom I do Sunday school after the service. I can’t hug people. I can’t listen to the choir. At home it’s just Mike and I. We’re the only one singing and I don’t have a good voice. Mike does, but I miss hearing good voices.

Another thing I really miss are travel plans. One of our sons was supposed to come see us at Easter in a few weeks with his family from North Carolina. Now they don’t get to come. We don’t get to see our three grandchildren. We don’t get to show them our new house.

I miss how easy it was, how I took it for granted that I could plan a trip or people could come visit us. We could just pick a date. But all that has changed. 

Those are just a few things that I miss, that I took for granted, that I thought were normal:  getting my nails done, getting my hair done, getting delivery of books that I ordered, getting them real soon, going to church and seeing people and teaching my, teaching Sunday school to those girls that I have every week and then seeing family, planning trips.

Things are different, but I believe by God’s grace that we will get through this and things will get back to ‘normal’. But I hope, I appreciate, I hope that I will always thank God for the ordinary, the ‘normal’ things of life like travel and friends and nails and hair, exercise class. All those things. 

Well, what about you? What do you miss most? What did you used to take for granted that is not part of your normal today? Tell me about it. Leave me a comment below this video. And remember, if you would like a transcript, the written words for today’s episode, just go to my website, www.englishwithoutfear.com and there you can see transcripts and all the other videos. And if you have an email address, you can sign up for a newsletter and get some tips about how to learn another language or teach another language.

Well, that’s it for this episode. I’m Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time.

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