Meeting Family With Social Distancing – Living Arrows 23/52 (2020)

meeting family with social distancing

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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.

β€œYou are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran
meeting family with social distancing

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!

meeting family with social distancing

But we met up today and it was really lovely πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

meeting family with social distancing

Socially distancing from family is hard

The social distancing was hard though πŸ™ 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,

Hannah xx

Living Arrows

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18 Comments

  1. Your children are adorable. Due to the virus, I won’t be going up north to visit my sister this summer. By the time it’s safe to fly, it will be fall. I talk to her on the phone and give her virtual hugs. We both need a hug. It must have been very hard for your mother and sister to not hug your children. #MMBC

    1. Yes, although they’re grateful to be able to see them at all of course πŸ™‚ I hope it won’t be too long til you get to see your sister xx

  2. We actually didn’t social distance from our families; our parents made it known that they felt they were at minimum risk and wanted to see their grandkids regardless. Plus my husband and son work with my father in law anyway so spreading germs at work or spreading germs at home seemed kind of like a moot point.

    1. Ah yes well that makes sense in your situation – everyone’s circumstances are different aren’t they, we’re all just doing what we feel is best for our families πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. This is so lovely! Social distancing is so hard with young children. Our kids get that they have to stay 2m away from others. We’ve seen their grandparents and their uncle but no other children as I know social distancing would no doubt go out the window! x

    1. Yes definitely – we just about managed it with family but I can’t imagine my two managing it at all with other kids! xx

  4. We’ve found social distancing hard with a 2 year old but thankfully we’ve got a fully gated front garden and a dog so we’ve just explained that family have to stay on the outside of the gates and we can’t open the gates incase the dog gets out. It was working well but the weather seems to have scuppered it now!

    1. Aw gosh yes it must be very hard with such a little one. Great idea with the gate πŸ™‚ xx

  5. Awww lovely photos. Your kids look like they’ve had a lot of fun. It must have been so hard for everyone not to hug, hopefully things can start to be eased again in the not too distant future. I’ve been seeing my Mum since a month after lockdown started as that was when my Dad was diagnosed with his lung tumour and he died a week and a half later. I’m still furloughed, getting shopping delivered or click and collect so feel that the risk is low. She’s been really struggling this last week so I took Noah round to see her yesterday and she looked so happy to see him. I think you just need to do what you can just now as long as the risks are low. #MMBC

    1. Oh my goodness, sounds like you’ve had a really tough time during lockdown ;( I’m so glad your mum got to see your little one – it must really have lifted her spirits. Sending love xx

  6. Aww glad you got to meet up. We had our first soical distancing family meet this weekend just gone. It wasn’t too bad although the boys struggled a little. It was nice seeing them though

  7. Glad to hear you managed to see your mum and sister. We saw my mum and dad last week too – thankfully my boys were pretty good at keeping their distance too.

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