September 19, 2020

Stevens County Times

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Not really a social distance type of person

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I consider myself a social person so practicing social distancing is difficult for me. I love to be around people. I like to listen to others talk, tell my stories and just be in a social gathering, talking, laughing and sharing.

That sharing is the very reason why we now need to not enjoy those social gatherings. It is very hard for me. Night after night, I sit at home with my husband, watching TV, usually his old 70s shows, and try to fi nd something to talk about. Every once and a while he will put on one of the shows I like to watch but makes sure I know what he thinks of them.

He loves it, me, not so much. He is the type of person who likes to stay home. It has always been an issue for me to get him out of the house and especially to go on a vacation. The only time he really enjoys going somewhere is if it involves seeing his grandchildren.

As a member of the news media, I am able to still go to my job but we are also doing things so we are not in the office as much as we were before. A lot of my work can now be done from home so I will be taking advantage of that. I am not able to go out and interview people so I have to rely on email or phone calls.

This does help a little as I am not totally secluded and unable to talk to people. However, I really miss my friends, seeing my children and hugging my grandchildren. Yes, I can talk to them and even see them at a distance but it is just not the same. 

Laughter is one of the things that many of us are now missing in our lives. We might get a smile or chuckle out of facebook posts or something told to us over the phone. 

It is the sudden, belly laughs that come from spending time with the people you care about, that are missing. And believe it or not, I am also starting to miss the little tidbits of gossip shared when we get together.

Like I said, I am struggling and I am sure there are many people out there doing the same. When there are two of us in the house it is lonely enough, but if there was just one, the days must seem endless. Even families together day after day, have to be having their own struggles.

To be very honest, I am scared. I am scared of getting this disease and I am scared of my husband getting it and possibly losing him. I am scared of what is happening to the economy and how it will affect our businesses. I am scared of the long range eff ects this will have on our world and the possibility that this might not be our only pandemic.

We are Minnesota Strong but that strength just might start to wear thin, especially if this goes on into the summer. I don’t have any wonderful advice. This is a situation that is basically day by day. We just have to take it one day at a time and hope for the best, like a vaccine, in the near future.

In the meantime, I really miss my friends and most of all, I miss those hugs.

Katie Erdman

Times Editor

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