Time Capsule For A Gloomy Day: An Open Letter.

“Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets. Who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they’re at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people. Your Middle-of-the-night. No-matter-what people.” - Shauna Niequist
Dear Home Team, This morning greeted me with gloomy clouds. They’re growing, washed out patches of grey –a sort of hue that is soft and bright at the same time. I needed to mention that because I know how much you love looking at the clouds (I know I do, so I have decided that you do too). On the good days at least, because on the bad days I know you shut off and mirror the weather (I know I do, so you probably do too) So, when the gloom sets in on the bad days, I remind myself of the small, simple things that make me happy – My perfect order of coffee, the one from Starbucks, the one that feels like a comforting hug. When the gloom sets in on the bad days, I remind myself of the small things you do that assure me that I am loved- The watered down coffee from Dunkin that Tanya got me, the fact that she got me extra sugar just in case I needed it because she knows I can’t stand bitter coffee. When the gloom sets in on the bad days, I remind myself that it’s the small gestures that melt your heart- the fact that she meant for my coffee to be perfect because she knew I was having a bad day. She wanted to make sure that there was at least one thing that was right and made me happy today. When the gloom sets in on the bad days, I remind myself how I prefer the watered down coffee from Dunkin over my perfect order of coffee. So when I’m gone and its gloomy, and you’re blue, when this crazy world keeps us away because of our schedules, and when we’re busy chasing our careers, when you miss me, when you miss us and miss the old times – times when we were all locked up in the CSC research lab, jamming to some good tunes, and pretending that the lab was our own little protection bubble from the pandemic – here’s something I want you to do: 1) Drive to the nearest Starbucks and order my perfect drink, the one I like (A Grande iced coffee with light ice, extra 2% milk, 6 pumps of simple syrup, topped with sweet cream foam). 2) Blast ‘Long Live’ by Taylor Swift with your windows rolled down. 3) CALL ME! You know I will always pick up. And when you take your first sip of that delicious coffee, I hope it makes you nostalgic in the best way possible. I hope you feel all the wholesome group hugs, and I hope it takes you back to the moment where we were all wholeheartedly laughing without a care in the world. When you call me and we start to reminisce, I will remind you that when we eventually meet up, it will be just like old times. I’ll be right here to remind you that we’ll be our old selves again – driving around with our music blaring, windows down and attempting to mini golf in 50 degree weather in shorts and sandals. Dear Brendan and Tanya, this one’s for you. Greys Anatomy taught me that “once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you. And once in a while, people may even take your breath away”. Thank you for being the people who do that for me. Thank you for always having my back and loving me. Thank you for being my home team. Love and Smooches, Rana

By Rana Hussain