When today’s challenges force us to stay away, some gets imaginative in order to stick around
It wasn’t so long ago when smartphones and social media made people ridiculously preoccupied that it was hard to get them interacting beyond Facetime to Facetime. We complained about how some of us prefer the company of their phones rather than share meaningful interactions with others. In a twist of irony, that sentiment is currently non-existent because it’s gone the other way around.
Today, we live in a world where social distancing is a dire necessity. Temporary, but of utmost necessity, nonetheless. Getting together with people you enjoy having around is perceived as downright irresponsible and, thus, strongly discouraged. These are the times when personal exchanges can’t happen — not because you don’t want to but because you’re not allowed to.
But then again we’re still social animals deep down. We seek companionship as a means of comfort, interaction with the people we care about as a means of solace. So it’s a good thing humanity has thrived not only on resilience but also on resourcefulness. Because through ingenuity, there’s nothing you can’t get around to — quarantine restrictions included.
Minnesota moms’ breakfast rendezvous club
Katherine Kaylor is a mom of three from Minnesota whose routine included spending time with her best friends. That all changed with a global pandemic in the world’s midst. With social gatherings being frowned upon as of the moment, their typical meet-ups became limited to video chat and group texts.
Ultimately, things got too hectic and stressful for Kaylor with work, kids, and homeschooling. Feeling all kinds of pressure, she wanted to see her friends in person. So she did. It’s just better to give life advice and gush about online deals face to face, after all.
Meeting for coffee on a Friday morning in an empty parking lot, each mom settled in the trunks of their vehicles, six feet apart from one another. They may not have seen each other in a while but they know social distancing comes first. This mini gathering between close friends was clearly a relief, a much-needed respite from a nasty drag called coronavirus.
Minnesota imposed a shelter-in-place mandate later that day, which wouldn’t have made the breakfast rendezvous possible had they chosen lunch hours to catch up. The early birds got to meet for breakfast before the government required people to stay home indeed.
Son uses bucket truck to visit elderly mom
And the Most Devoted Son Award goes to…
Every Thursday, Charley Adams spends time with his 80-year-old mother, who lives in an assisted living facility, by having lunch or dinner with her. That’s not possible these days as Adams can’t even visit her in person.
However, when told that relatives are allowed to visit through windows, Adams took it to heart. His mother lives on the third floor so the only way for him to see her was to send in the big guns, meaning, say hi to mom while being hoisted in a bucket of a boom truck, because why not?
The 45-year-old owns a tree preservation company, which explains how he came up with his new visiting technique. In the end, his efforts were really just to see how his mom was doing and, more importantly, to lighten her mood. He knew she needed some cheering with everything that’s happening so he gave it his all with what he has — a daunting looking truck with a softie for an owner.
Grandad and granddaughter bond, from across the street, by dancing
And heartwarming stories of people finding ways to spend time with loved ones during quarantines continue. This time, it’s 80-year-old Marvin Neely busting a move, from across the street, with her 6-year-old granddaughter Kira.
Dancing to The Jackson 5’s ABC, the duo flaunted their moves on the street without a care in the world. Clearly, this grandpa and granddaughter tandem is unbreakable. Hugs and kisses currently not permitted? There are other ways to show affection, namely let’s boogie.
The world certainly feels lighter now with more people in it smiling