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Elena and Mimi


Elena Bowes in conversation with
Mimi Partridge-Hicks

Below are snippets of a conversation I have had with a dear old friend of mine named Mimi Partridge-Hicks. We’ve known each other since high school, both American expats living in London. Mimi is divorced, has three kids and is comfortably off so she doesn’t have to work. She knows she’s one of the lucky ones. From her viewpoint, she sees a few positives in Covid, one being no more FOMO.


Note 1: March-May

If the lockdown suddenly got lifted, would you feel this sudden pressure to organize things, let’s get tickets, let’s see one another. I’ve had FOMO. I don’t want that again. Will we have evolved?

It’s a bit like being reborn. I have felt a huge relief – I put a lot of pressure on myself to be busy – like I have to go see that exhibit, I have to go see that play. For me, especially probably because I’m single, that pressure to always make plans. It’s nice not making plans.

I read that the V&A is opening and people can physically go see its show on handbags. And I thought, wait, OMG  I don’t want to feel that pressure – to get tickets, to hear my friends ask – have you seen it, were you one of the first people to go, can you talk about it, what do you think it means? I really love not having that pressure, knowing that everyone’s at home. I did a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle this morning, a massive jigsaw. I’m so proud of it.

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