While I’m coping fairly well with being stuck in the apartment every day, there’s one thing that I’m become acutely aware of: I miss hugs.
I never thought of myself as a particularly tactile person (stop sniggering at the back), but video calls just emphasise the point that I can’t hug my friends. I’ve realised that whenever I meet friends in person, we start with a big hug and sometimes a kiss too.
I have become, without realising it, quite a ‘touchy-feely- person when it comes to my friends and I miss it.
I mentioned it on Friday evening’s group call and quickly realised I wasn’t alone. Human contact beyond seeing and hearing each other, is essential for our wellbeing. And yes, I’m at home with TheFrankFlyer, so I can obviously regularly hug him. And I do, don’t worry!
I think my sadness is based on the fact that I regularly see my closest friends and yet can’t touch them. It’s very much like being on the far side of a glass wall. And while it’s great that we have the technology to instantly be in touch, we still can’t actually touch.
So a further, slightly bittersweet, lesson to add to my lockdown memoirs is that I really need to hug my friends when I next see them. And maybe the hug will last a little longer than usual, but I think we’ll all be okay with that.