Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy with work this week and with my writing. I’ve reached 30,000 words in my latest WIP and I must tell you, I’ve been coming up with some new ideas while I’m writing. I can’t write fast enough. LOL.
It’s a good thing, but it creates a little anxiety because I feel like I’m not writing fast enough. But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about keeping in touch with your single friends during this pandemic. It’s important to check up on them. They depend on their social lives to connect with people and with this isolation they could go days, weeks, or months without seeing someone other than people at the grocery store.
Check up on your elderly relatives and neighbors, too. Especially the ones who are stuck in a nursing home. We can’t go visit them right now, but we can send cards. We can make phone calls. It’s important to reach out to our loved ones. We need the connection right now and so do they.
Not only do we need to check up on our single friends, elderly neighbors, and relatives, but we need to check up on our kids. That’s right, the ones that live under our roofs with us. I’ve noticed that my youngest has grown a little reclusive because he hasn’t been able to see any of his classmates. We’re starting online schooling today and they’re using google meets to have a virtual classroom. I hope that means they’ll be able to interact with their classmates. Kids are attached to their computers for everything now, school, social contact, and gaming. They are dependent on their machines.
We can’t take them to the trampoline park or to the community pool, they’re closed because of this virus. So, the only thing we can do is forced family fun and that always goes over like a lead balloon. Especially when it’s mom’s idea. 😉
But we do it because they need to get a break and get away from the house. They need more physical activity, so we go on family walks and hikes through the woods. Forest bathing is good for you, you know! They do play basketball or football with the neighbor kids when they’re around. I’ve also made it a rule that they have to get outside for an hour a day when the weather cooperates, and they do a pretty good job of following this rule. They still listen to their mom, right now, anyway.
So, check on your friends, relatives, and kids. Make sure the isolation isn’t getting to them and try to get out of the house. It’s so good to get away, even if it’s only for a few days.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. What are you doing to keep in touch with your loved ones? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
16 thoughts on “Check on Your Loved Ones”
We all need interaction… not necessarily the physical kind in these times like you said but at least a call or a text can go a long trust me. It gives such warmth and closeness.
Thanks for sharing 💚
Thanks for stopping by, Joel and you are so right. A text or a call does go a long way. 🙂
Agreed, Lisa! I visit my mom at her nursing home once a week (only allowed this amount) to keep her mental health up and for her to look forward to something. Hey, how many words do you manage to write in a sitting? Just curious! Wink. Cheers, girlfriend!
Good for you, Sharon! I’m so glad you visit your Mom. I’m sure it makes her day! I try to do about 1000 words a day. Some days I do more and some less depending on the circumstances. 🙂
Absolutely! Great suggestions. It is really about our connections.
Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support!
I’ve definitely been making more phone calls–and even writing some cards and letters–during this weird time. I do worry this younger generation’s reliance on computers might have bad consequences. It’s when they settle for virtual when they could do it for real–like skateboarding or playing basketball–I wonder what developmental stuff they’re missing. I pray we have a vaccine by winter, because then it’s going to be real tough to get my guys outside!
I hear you! I’ve heard rumors that we’ve got a vaccine ready for production, but we’re waiting on FDA approval. So, fingers crossed it’ll happen sometime soon! I with you on the developmental stuff regarding doing everything online. So far, I’ve been able to get my boys outside most days and away from their machines, but it doesn’t last very long. Sigh.
Right–I mean, I get it, and I’m like your boys, only with social media (and constantly checking Submittable) in that the pull of the machines is strong!
It is! I have to fight it myself!
Definitely a good idea to check with our social circle. I guess everyone is scared these days of meeting others. This too shall pass.
You are so right, Arv! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
You are welcome, Lisa
Social isolation is so hard on the young and the old. Ken was finally able to visit his dad in the nursing home for the first time in months. Even if it was through plexiglass, they both really enjoyed it!
I’m so glad they were able to get together. This isolation is horrible. I’ve been able to see a few friends, but it’s nothing like it was before and my boys are talking with their friends online. I can’t wait until they can have some face to face interaction.
We do need each other more now tha ever.