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.
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.