My 70-year-old neighbour across the road lives alone. His grown-up kids live a couple of hours drive away and his wife passed about 25 years ago. Late last year his beloved cat also passed. With the need to stay home he’s very alone. And lonely.
This is the problem for heaps of people now we’re living a covid life. I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t heard about social distancing. The thing is, this should be physical distancing, not social distancing. We need to keep our connections to other people.
I’m lucky. The Hub, my two Barbarians and Biggles the Dog are happily ensconced in our house. Lots of hugs, play, conversation and connection.
For everyone else, thank goodness for technology – Skype, WhatsApp etc all have video functionality to help us stay connected.
If you are feeling isolated or need a chat, let me know. We can always Skype.
And as for our neighbour, we’re visiting him and chatting through a closed screen door (keeping our 1.5 metres easy).