The family is really running out of topics to talk about.
Anna, 24 and her family once again find themselves around the table discussing Covid-19.
Dinner is a steamed whole fish with ginger shallot sauce prepared by her mother. The family spends about 5 minutes discussing how tasty the dish is, and what sauces were used.
Afterwards, the brief lull in conversation inevitably means the topic is again the coronavirus.
“So what’s new with the coronavirus?” her dad says.
“I hear everything is pretty much open again”, says her mum.
“I heard we might start having to do booster shots soon, like Israel”, says her older brother.
“Oh, has 6 months passed already?” says mum.
Anna rolls her eyes. She has heard the same conversation everyday for the past year, where her family take turns saying constant unsupported and unverified statements about the virus.
“Anna, what do you think?” asks her mum.
“I’d like to talk about something else for a change.” Anna flatly says.
“Okay”, dad says, pivoting. “You’re 24 now, why don’t you have a boyfriend?”
“So, yeah, the Coronavirus. I think we’ll probably need to get a booster shot soon”, Anna says.