Social Distancing. Staying at least 6′ away from others, and not touching them. That’s the recommendation by those-who-know-best. So we are observing social distancing and being very careful with what we do, who we see, and where we go. Since Social Distancing was recommended, my husband and I have only gone to the grocery store a few times, and I have gone to Home Depot twice. That’s it. With one exception, which I will mention a bit later.
Both my husband and I are Rule Followers. He more so than me; but, yes, I would include myself in that category. So Social Distancing hasn’t been hard for us. It’s the (recommended) “rule.” So we follow it. Besides, it’s wise and significantly reduces our chances of contracting COVID-19.
Home Depot has established a long snake-like line to get in the store. They have tape on the ground in 6′ increments, so you know where to stand. They only let so many people in the store at one time. Masks are required. Last week I had to go to Home Depot for a new power drill. Yes, it was a must-have. I really needed it for the project I was working on. So I donned my mask and entered the super long line to wait my turn to enter the store. While waiting, I was reading email on my phone. After a while, I heard a deep grunt behind me. I turned around and saw the man behind me, pointing at me and then pointing at the marker line ahead of me. Although he had a mask on, I’m certain he was frowning. I could see it in his eyes. Definitely the indication that he was a rule monitor and I was NOT following the rule. With my eyes on my phone, I had missed the fact that the person ahead of me had moved up a bit, meaning that I wasn’t on the proper mark. I smiled (I could be misremembering that), and moved to the next marker.
Two weeks ago, it was my birthday. My husband asked what I wanted to do that day, something special. I said I wanted to see our grandkids, whom we have not seen in 6 weeks. We checked with our son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, to see if they would allow us to come for a Social Distancing picnic in their front yard. They were delighted. When Brian told Ella (aged 4) that we were coming, she said, “Grandma knows she can’t touch me, right?” Brian assured her that I did. Next, she asked, “Does Grandma know she can’t get close to me? She’s got to stay 6′ away?” Brian again assured her that I did know the rules. So a few days later, on my birthday, we spent a few hours in their front yard playing – 6′ feet away from each other. Charades is a great game to play when social-distancing is required. We played that a lot.
We have discovered that we have a rule-follower – well, more accurately, a rule-enforcer – here in our own house too!. Every time, and I mean every single time, Rick gives me a hug, our little Stella, lets him know he’s just too close. I tried to get a great video for you, but succeeded in only getting a 4-second clip. But you see what I mean.
I’m not an in-your-face Rule Monitor, but, yeah, it’s good to follow the rules.