COVID...what has it changed in my/our family life...
Well, I am a "touchy" person who often when speaking with someone would reach out and just touch, then withdraw..no more.
Friends are/were quick to give a hug or kiss to someone is greeting...no more.
In the store food shopping we would frequently meet another known and stop to talk a bit...no more.
I go to work daily adjusting to the current situation. Keep to myself..
My husband is essential so works daily but keeps to himself at work as much as he can.
Our area is still considered "rural" but no where as rural as once was.
People here are friendly but respectful of keeping distant, turning their face away as you pass and only speak to you if you and they are face-covered...at a sizable distance.
We are a small community but even being agricultural based we see the COVID numbers rising. I don't see fear, I see resignation.
People that were so careful to do all that was recommended still got sick...
How did the 1 week old baby get this virus but all who surround her have been illness free, even the medical staff was not sick...where did it come from?
Someones grandparents haven't left their property or yard since April having food delivered by one single person who is not ill, yet they both contracted this...
It bewilders many, especially the authorities on transmission...
Thankfully, all those I know of recovered, there were others I did not know who died from it.
So, we adapted...
We go no place without face masks, hand-sanitizer.
We go out when the walls of the house close in on us, otherwise we stay home.
Dinner out, not anymore. Take-out and sometimes that just isn't enough either...
We don't entertain nor even speak with out neighbors as we once did...they go out in the community daily, have medium - large size gatherings at their homes and to us the risk is just to great to chance...the unknown of was anyone a silent carrier keeps us apart.
We keep to ourselves as much as we humanly can.
I've learned to open doors with elbows and hip, hold with a toe and growl don't touch it to my family.
I now go to stores, seeking them out during non-busy times to shop for only what I must.
I prefer stores with automatic doors..
I see someone I know and nod a greeting as we pass and smile, although unseen behind my mask.
A passed greeting of when this ends we need to get together is often given.
I've grown accustomed to, but not
comfortable with going to the bank and wearing a mask inside!!
Wearing a mask inside a bank is mandatory, not a option...
I live in a world that is unfamiliar and not liked, tolerated by me to protect me and those around me as we are asked/told to do by experts..
Do I wonder if it makes a difference..sure I do.
Will I do as asked, sure I will.
Do I like it, no.
I do not think we will ever return to what was...a virus never dies completely but goes dormant then reemerges at a later time...that is what I think we deal with.
Now its here, its forever..
Till science comes a very long way in understanding this mutating mess, our world will continue slightly off kilter of "normal" of what we knew.
I don't know of anyone who is not "ungrounded" ...we have all been affected by this.