Can we support each other whilst social distancing?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

I think we should change the name of social distancing to physical distancing. Many local kids are mixing as if nothing is happening, whilst every one is locked away. This whole social distancing idea whilst good has left many anxious, afraid and frankly missing any social contact.

 

Couple in the snow

 

This past week I printed up some notes for my neighbors in my apartment development. I invited them to gather Saturday evening at the end of our cul de sac, with a chair and a glass of their favourite beverage.

Whilst it is a large development, I chose two buildings knowing that some would not come and others might be away visiting family. This allowed us to set our chairs a good distance from each other whilst still be able to see and hear each other.

Firstly, everyone wanted to know whose idea it was as they so appreciated getting out and seeing everyone.

Secondly, it was a chance for everyone, who did not know each other to get to know each other. Whilst it was a little chilly, we all wore sweaters and got to know each other, plans were made to put a grill at the end of the cul de sac in the summer for a cookout, hopefully distancing will be lifted by then, but if not we can always do it in such a way as to maintain distance.

We got to hear about falls and broken wrists, which shops people were going to, who was having things delivered, etc. We also got to hear some life stories, many single older ladies, out of nine of us, seven were women. I was the only single guy and much younger than most.  There was a lot of laughter.

We even had one lady from the other end of our development out walking her dog who stopped and did not want to leave, obviously a case of serious cabin fever. 

Everyone stayed a good distance away and when it got a little too chilly we went home, knowing that we might be living alone, but we were not alone. Our neighbours were there to help and support us if we needed them.

I had wondered what people might think of me organizing this during the present crisis, but so glad I did as I saw the smiles and heard the laughter around our cul de sac. It is not social distancing we need, but physical distancing. Stay connected socially.

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Abby Stiller
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That was such a kind idea Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 and sounds like everyone had a good time knowing each other. I miss seeing many of my friends and most visiting my mom in Miami. Take care my friend. 

Apr 18, 2020 02:18 PM #31
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Kimberly Button we all need social interaction, even introverts, to be honest I am probably more extrovert, but this did really help everyone, and it was good to get to know each other a little better.

Abby Stiller love your profile photo by the way, if we do things sensibly we can interact, just at a good distance to each other. Stay healthy and take care yourself.

Apr 18, 2020 03:00 PM #32
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I agree Nick, we can have Social Togetherness, while practicing Physical Distancing.

Apr 18, 2020 05:44 PM #33
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Absolutely definitely can support each other in anyway that we can if it’s meaningful enough

Apr 18, 2020 11:07 PM #34
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Leanne Smith
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A Hearty Congratulations on the Feature. One of the reasons we purchased this home was because my husband did not want to see the neighbors. He was tired of living in a subdivision and wanted views with open spaces.  Our nearest neighbor is a 1/4 mile a way. They drive by our home to get to their home and wave. We have spoken on the phone and offered to pick up anything when we travel to town.

I agree social distancing is a misnomer and physicai distancing is much better description.

Apr 19, 2020 07:23 AM #35
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Bob Crane we all need each other and i think we could have done a better job if people thought they could support each other at a distance.

Laura Cerrano exactly, no doubt about it.

Leanne Smith who knows how this would have played out if it was approached differently using different word. Words can be so important as we all know.

Apr 19, 2020 07:43 AM #36
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Hello, Nick Vandekar. Thanks for such a positive post. That was a great initiative, we need to support each other in these uncertain times.

Apr 20, 2020 01:37 AM #37
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Realty Pack I am a big believer in living in the present and being positive. Why mar a wonderful moment by being negative.

Apr 20, 2020 08:33 AM #38
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 
sounds like a perfect way to increase interaction!
Thanks for sharing the idea.
All the best - Lynn

Apr 20, 2020 07:43 PM #39
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Lynn B. Friedman we kept well apart and had a very enjoyable time, maybe another one soon depending on the temperature.

Apr 21, 2020 08:07 AM #40
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Nick- why not start a Facebook group page for the apartment complex this has worked very well for my gated community where I live - Our community has  banned group meet-ups even with social distancing as 2 people became sick   Give it a try-works really well ---congrats on our featured post 

Apr 21, 2020 02:40 PM #41
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Hannah Williams thank you, that is a good suggestion. We have one large community and lots of smaller communities as well. Plus of course there is Nextdoor which everyone seems to use. Sorry to hear that people got sick, that is not good. Hope you are well.

Apr 21, 2020 02:55 PM #42
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Great suggestions each and every one that I am reading in active rain to really build a sense of xim

Apr 22, 2020 03:52 AM #43
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Lise Howe we need community right now, at a distance.

 

Apr 22, 2020 05:31 AM #44
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Nick,

I have been using the term physical distancing as well. Thanks.

Apr 25, 2020 02:53 PM #45
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Also...Thank you for sharing how you are showing you truly care.

Apr 25, 2020 02:53 PM #46
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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 it is a much better term, or else people get scared of others, I was walking this monring and a couple coming towards me didn't know what to do, they got visibly disturbed seeing someone else. I think that is crazy and sad.

Apr 27, 2020 06:31 AM #47
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Well done Nick! Bringing people together is necessary for their well being. Congrats on the gold star as well, deserved!

May 05, 2020 02:37 PM #48
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! thank you. We all need fellowship, not even in the spiritual sense, just with each other. I realized that last night and it is hard when you live alone as well.

May 06, 2020 06:41 AM #49
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You hit the nail on the head, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543. We do need to stay socially connected. I am doing that over the phone and through Zoom meetings. Zoom is a good way to connect one-on-one and not just for groups.

You did everyone a favor. It was a Meet-Up of epic grandeur! 

May 20, 2020 12:06 PM #50
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