See the People

Once it’s safe to do so, what’s the first thing you want to do that you haven’t been able to do in the last 10-12 months?

I intend to reconnect with my friends and family as soon as possible. Talking on the phone is great, but it sure can’t compare to an in person visit.

Each week we attend church services at one of the local churches, but since covid came along we haven’t been able to go. Covid attacks lungs, and I have pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that wouldn’t mix with covid at all. We’ve watched services on You Tube, but again that isn’t the same as being there.

I also intend to reconnect with my Lunch Bunch friends. Every Tuesday a group of ladies meet and have lunch together. We all bring a dish, and we eat whatever is there. We’ve joked about what we’d do if everyone brought dessert one day, but so far that hasn’t happened. I miss them very much so I’ll be back as soon as possible.

We know a couple that we’ve been friends with for a long time, but because of my lungs we’ve stayed pretty close to home so we haven’t seen them in some time. I miss them both and can’t wait to resume our weekly Saturday dinner together.

My kids have been really good about staying in and obeying the rules so I have been able to see them, but they worry about me getting covid so they don’t visit as they used to. It’ll be nice to be able to see them anytime I want.

My cousins call every week, but we don’t see them. We’ve missed out on a lot of family get togethers since this time last year.

It’ll also be nice to go shopping without worrying about getting sick. I can’t wait to visit my favorite restaurant either.

I guess overall I’ve done better than a lot of people during this trying time, but I sure will be glad when all of this is over.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to See the People

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    My husband has COPD, so we’ve also been careful about interacting with people. Most of our kids are careful, too, so we’re thankful that we’ve stayed healthy. But I also miss breakfast and lunch meetings, parties, and other social gatherings. Hopefully next Christmas will be closer to “the good old days!”

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Yes, reconnecting is likely on all our minds. And I can certainly understand how someone with on-going lung issues would feel uneasy about exposure to the “outside” world… even during a “regular” flu season each year.

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  3. I hope that you can soon get back to your wonderful-sounding gatherings. I do love a good pot-luck! At first, my nearby son and the granddaughters stayed away, but now I see them occasionally, actually, rarely now. No one comes if they are feeling less than peak condition.

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  4. Love the Lunch Bunch name. That sounds like it would be a lot of fun. Wyatt has lung problems as well which is why we have kept to ourselves so much during all of this, that and helping my parents out (my dad has COPD and they both have heart issues).

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