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The lockdown life has not been easy. Since March, work (when there is work) has been from home. My kids’ school went remote so they are home too. The wife was a substitute teacher so, once the school closed she was home with the rest of us. We still can’t go to church. All in all, it has been way too much time at home and very little interactions with the outside world.
Today, however, my wife had a chance to get out of the house. She got to meet new people. A chance to talk with strangers, joke around, and laugh. In other words, she had a somewhat normal pre-COVID-hysteria day. When she came home she said, “I had fun today,” and that made me laugh. It struck me as funny but on second thought her statement was very sad.
Now you may be thinking, “Why is it sad that your wife had fun talking to other people?” Well, my lovely bride turned 50 this year. So, that “fun” outing she had today was her … colonoscopy.
That’s right, so starved for human interaction even gross medical exams are a welcome diversion from our governor’s house arrest orders. People are social animals and are not meant to live like this. My wife is an outgoing person. I am not, but even I am sick of this lifestyle (not to mention the financial impacts). I know, I know, “but THE COVID!” I think at this point I’ll take my chances. Reopening doesn’t mean we are going to run out and tongue kiss strangers. We can be safe without being paranoid. America, enough is enough. Let’s get back to living.Published in