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This week has been much the same as previous weeks for us. I’m still feeling pretty anxious about the easing of lockdown. So, despite the restrictions lifting further, we’ve been staying local and most of the time still staying at home. The only difference was that we did try meeting some of our wider family with social distancing in place.
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”Kahlil Gibran
Keeping family safe
We haven’t properly seen my mum or my sister since lockdown began. Apart from a couple of occasions when they dropped things off on the doorstep and we had a quick conversation on the driveway!
My mum is 70 so I’ve felt very protective of her throughout this time. And a little paranoid if I’m honest! She is the twigs’ only living grandparent which makes her even more precious to us.
So I’ve been a bit reluctant to meet up with her, even when it was announced that we could see family members from different households. Not because I didn’t want to see her! But because H in particular has the memory of a goldfish and the self-restraint of a puppy in front of a bone! So I worried about whether he’d be trusted to keep his distance. I didn’t want to put her at risk, plus it would be pretty stressful if he just needed constant reminding the whole time.
We finally got to meet up!
But we met up today and it was really lovely 🙂 I got H to take his scooter, which really helped with the distancing as he tended to be a bit ahead anyway. But actually he did really well with remembering and totally understood that he couldn’t give Nanny any hugs etc. I was very proud of him and he was so cute the whole time we were with them 🙂
My mum and sister were SO happy to see the twigs in the flesh and spend time with them. And likewise, the twigs were really happy too. We spent ages outside enjoying the fresh air with them just running around and playing. So I’ve chosen these photos for Living Arrows this week, as I think they’re really cheery and fun 🙂
Socially distancing from family is hard
The social distancing was hard though 🙁 It was so difficult for my mum and sister not being able to cuddle H and C. I know they both desperately wanted to. My sister said it was almost harder actually seeing them because it was like torture having to stay away and not have any contact.
Obviously social distancing is so necessary at the moment and it’s really important we all stick to it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not hard sometimes. Humans are naturally sociable creatures (well, me not so much, but most people haha!) But even I love a good hug. And especially with children who you’re close to.
Have your tried meeting family with social distancing? How did you find it?
Thanks for reading!
Til next time,