Dan and His Loss – KGUA radio #23

For the October 19, 2020 KGUA radio Monday Morning Writer’s Hour, we are asked to free write about a loss we have experienced since the pandemic rocked our worlds in March 2020.   

My temporary loss

Here in our small town on the coast of Maine, I don’t know anyone who has got the coronavirus or died from it.  There have certainly been cases and deaths in Maine, but Covid-19 hasn’t touched me directly.

What has touched me, literally, is the lack of hugging in my life.  Though shy and reluctant to hug as a young adult, I now embrace hugging.  You see what I did there! 

Anyway, our sister-in-law Becky taught us how to really hug.  She gives full body squeezes every time we meet.  Her hugs aren’t just some perfunctory, obligatory double pats on the back.  They are real.

I’ve tried elbow bumps, which are laughable.  Fist bumps are fine for the guys and our grandsons but not many others.

Since Hannah and I are connected to Unity of Santa Barbara with its Buddhist tendencies, I began placing my hands together in front of my chest and saying “Namaste.”

That worked for a while until I read of someone patting their heart twice while making eye contact with another. 

You are in my heart.  That feels about right until my hugging days return.

Words – 187

6 thoughts on “Dan and His Loss – KGUA radio #23

  1. I miss hugs too, but I’ve found a few. I’ve heard it said recently that they are ok quickly with Friends & family with masks & looking away……..

  2. Hi Dan and Hannah! Enjoy reading about all the things you are doing and your visits with family. Just got word this week of the death of a friend from Covid – My first “personal” shock from the pandemic. Enjoy those hugs from those you love, and I send you both “hugs” from out here! 🙂

    • Hello Linda! A blast from the past. Sorry to hear of the passing of your friend due to Covid. None of us ais immune to eventually being touched in a personal way by this pandemic. Hannah and I will continue our vigilance to be reasonable and responsible.

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