Social Distancing

Those two words in the title had no meaning four months ago. Now they are front and center in daily life. Who would have ever thought that one would need to be leery of a person walking past you? Social distancing has taken a whole new life form when walking.

This is the road I walk up every day. Those curves hide other walkers.

I used to walk about 8:00 a.m. The sun would be rising over the roofs blinding me as I trudged up the grade. Usually I kept my head low, studying the sidewalk to be sure I didn’t step on any creatures, with quick glances to make sure I was alone on the sidewalk.

Oh no, someone is headed towards me! Who will veer off the sidewalk to the road? How sad that we cannot pass on the sidewalk. Even though we don’t share the sidewalk, we do acknowledge each other’s presence with a “Good morning!” or “What a great morning!” or even “How are you doing today?” I may not know their names or where they live or share a sidewalk, but I enjoy our brief encounters in these days of sheltering in place.

These are a few of the walkers I used to meet daily.

Now that it’s hot, I have changed my walking time. I leave the house just after 6 a.m. Usually it’s just me and the birds out and about. However, it is so much cooler (for about fifteen minutes). I wonder if the other walkers think I’ve abandoned my stroll.


7 thoughts on “Social Distancing

  1. Joyce says:

    I go along w/my favorite daughter most mornings. For certain social distancing is used…..I’m at home and she is on the trail. Head sets can be good thing.😉

  2. Thanks for your take on this strange time of life. I don’t like having to question but it comes to me each time when I approach someone walking or even with a cart in a store. We are connected even with the distance. Love you pictures!

  3. Michelle @litlearningzone says:

    I laugh because we are going for lots of walks with our dog, Harley at all times of the day. We have done the sidewalk dance — who is going to move away first? At least we get to laugh and smile at friendly neighbors all feeling a little more awkward these days of social distancing. Keep walking!

  4. I’ve been thinking about the term, “social distancing,” recently too. I agree with you about early morning walks, although I NEVER meet anyone along my walking route…the birds and the cooler air are worth it to go early.

    Can’t wait to walk with you one day again.

  5. Judy Curtiss says:

    Social distancing has made all of us more cautious. I usually have the road to myself and of course lots of cars. I find the grocery stores to be much more difficult to maneuver. Enjoy your early morning walks.

  6. I’ve had that same experience. The walkers in my community are becoming fewer and fewer because we are “re-opening”. and now they take to their cars. So much they are missing: the birds, the blooms, the giant tortoise who ambles across the road.

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