Thursday 24 September, 2020

The trouble with touchy-feely Caymanians during COVID19-suppression...

I had to laugh - ruefully - yesterday as I did a couple of errands.

We Caymanians (and residents from a lot of places) really are touchy-huggy people. So while everyone was being really good about wearing our masks and standing 6 feet apart in lines, everywhere I went, I observed at least one, "Haven't seen you in so long"/big hug/close proximity quick catch up chat followed by compliantly joining the line at the 6-foot marker. (Or, if being extra careful, warm pats on the shoulder or back).
In fact, a family friend and I got into this really enthusiastic (but weird) two-armed waving thing a few feet apart the other day, as we started raising our arms for our usual hug when we unexpectedly saw each other, but then remembered in time that we couldn't.

I know it's hard, a cultural habit, and we love each other, but please hold off on the touching outside of our own households for now...

If healthy, nurturing touch is your "love language" and you live alone, mindfully try other soothing touch resources: petting or brushing your pet (my cat is a fantastic snuggler!), brushing your hair, lotioning or massaging your hands, using a head or neck massager, wrapping yourself in (or stroking) a soft blanket, using a weighted blanket, folding clothes warm from the dryer and throw in movement (like raising your hands to God) when singing worship songs, gently moving your fingers/ body in a warm bath (a pool, the sea), experimenting with the flow of water on an adjustable showerhead...

Social distancing affection is also showing love, but differently.

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