Week Two; Day One; Six Days Left
I could use a hug
Marin Headlands over the Golden Gate Bridge
California, United States of America
Taken during travels, 2020
- Drive directly home without delay or stop
- Enter your home and stay in it or on your personal property for 14 days
- You can not share your isolation space with anyone at risk for serious complications
- The government will be monitoring your compliance
- Failure to comply will result in charges leading to a fine of up to $750,000 dollars and/or imprisonment for up to 3 months
- If you are found to have recklessly or negligently endangered the lives of others the penalties are elevated: Up to $1,000,000 and/or 6 years incarceration
And so, this morning, I find myself beginning Day Eight of my Fourteen Days. Note this:
- Given the current state of our medical, social and political infrastructure, I fully agree with the necessity and wisdom of this order
- I am so very grateful to be home
Home, where we as a government and as a nation of individuals are responding to this crisis with some level of serious but reasonable caution. The confusion, denial, complacency and often outright mendacious politicization of the unfolding tragedy that is the United States were reason aplenty to boot it back to Vancouver at my earliest opportunity.
I’m well provisioned with food, hand sanitizer, soft soap and toilet paper, internet and coffee — all the essentials. These will all last me at least a couple weeks beyond my mandatory self-isolation.
The hugs? Those went missing while I was in Arizona, as we were self-isolating while moving my mother into assisted living. She’s 81 years old, with congestive heart failure and other complications which make this virus exceptionally lethal were she to contract it. (I’m confident the facility she’s moved into is the safest place for her right now.) My hands have never been so clean. Nor have they ever gone so long without grasping another human being with a hug. Aside from some necessary contact with my mother, I haven’t touched anyone in over a month now.
The first time this no-touching was truly odd happened while arranging to sell my mother’s car back to her dealership (a story unto itself). It is a very strange thing to resist the urge for shaking a car salesman’s hand. There is something primal and essential, at least to men I suppose, about that particular gesture of trust.
After that, I began thinking of all the times I’d had to resist hugging my mother, my sister, old family friends living in her neighbourhood, and especially all my mother’s dear friends who’d done so much to help her during her move. It kinda hurt not to hug them.
Being released from my Mandatory Self-Isolation a week from today won’t bring an escape from my hugless state. I won’t be immune from the virus. I will only be established as a non-carrier, a state of being which could change the moment I walk out the door of the apartment. My self-isolation will only be legally down-graded from Mandatory and punishable by crippling fines and jail time to … morally essential with some legal punch. I’ll be able to leave my apartment, but will need to maintain social-distancing, and be super vigilant in order not to contract the virus. Should I contract it anyway, it could be two weeks before I’m symptomatic, and during most of that time I will be able to transmit it to others.
I’m single. Any contact I have with others could transmit the virus “outside our households”. We would become vectors spreading the contagion. So, hugs aren’t really in the offing until this thing is over. In the meantime, I’ll stay at home, avoid touching things and humans, stay physically distant, wear PPE when in public, wash my hands, all the while continuing to maintain personal connections through voice and keyboards. Oh, and write. Lots of writing.
I could use a hug. We need to get over this thing first. For the love of the people I would love to hug, I can wait until then.
But, man, that first hug after we’re back. That’s going to go on-and-on-and-on-and-on.
Day Six; Poem One
Eleven poems total
#stayhome #washyourhands #writepoetry
Pic and a Word Challenge
Last week we went Running. This week, just try and get out of Quarantine, or find something else to inspire you in this photograph of a hug shared on the Marin Headlands overlooking San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in California, United States of Americia.
The Pic and a Word Challenge is a weekly creativity prompt offered Mondays.
Each week I provide a photograph of mine along with a single word. The challenge? Use the pic and/or word as points of inspiration to create something — a photograph, a painting, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, longread or just a few words. You are welcome to use these two elements (photograph and word) literally, thematically or metaphorically. If you create both images and words, all the better.
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Five bloggers went Running this week. =) Thank you, everyone! ❤
- Trapped, by Dancing Echoes
- Running, by WoollyMuses
- Day Four Dream ~ Running, by Manja Mexi Mexcessive
- Running, by Cobbled Contemplations
- Pace, by A Shared Space
View all the Pic and a Word Challenges, including the current challenge, on the Pic and a Word Challenge tag page.