COVID-19 and the Melancholy Hugger

Well everyone, I hope you are all well as we persevere through this crazy pandemic.

As someone who could be considered the Poster Girl for actually catching the virus, being over 65 and having several of the chronic health issues, I am grateful to say as of today I am COVID-19 free.

I know this invisible disease has taken a toll on all of us, but there are some things that have affected me more than others. I can deal with wearing masks. I really love watching Netflix (didn’t realize there were so many series to binge watch!). It’s OK that I have missed 3 haircuts and that my fingernails have not been treated to a manicure. BUT, this social distancing thing has got to go!! I am a people person, and I miss seeing my family and friends and eating out at a restaurant on occasion. I am sure that like me, most of you missed seeing your children on Mother’s Day. Sadly for me, it was a first. 

The thing I miss most is HUGGING!!! It’s so sad! Even though I am working from the office, and I regularly see our staff, I have not been able to share my much needed, comforting hugs with them. We are social distancing and strictly following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidelines of remaining six feet apart. 

I’ve been told by many people that I give the best hugs, and they always look forward to seeing me in order to get one. But come on, it’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to give a proper hug! I’ll be glad when the social distancing is over, so I can hug until my arms hurt 🙂 How about you?

I am confident that soon, things will start moving toward “normal,” and we will all realize the courage we had to get through this unsettling time. Until then, I will be saving up for longer and even more meaningful hugs to share.

Remember, stay positive, be kind, smile often and stay well!

My Best Always,

Cindy

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