Shot 1 – Done.
Shot 2 – Done.
2 Week Wait – Done.
But life does not just click back into place. We have a lot of post pandemic trauma to get through.
Yesterday we saw our daughter and her husband for the first time in a very long time. There is a courtesy you extend especially to those you love.
”We would love to see you.”
”Do you feel safe if we visit?”
”I think so. Do you?”
”I think so.”
”Do you feel safe to hug?”
”I do if you do”.
It was a beautiful day and we sat outside unmasked. We had two brief hugs. We got takeout and ate outside on the screened-in porch.
We played with the dogs. They were so happy to see us. Dogs remember. We went inside to get drinks and to use the bathroom but that was it.
This is easing into a new pseudo normal that is nowhere near normal. But it is a start.
One careful step at a time. Every new thing after such a long period of isolation means questioning. We evaluate what information we trust to keep us and our family healthy. Everything becomes risk assessment and that can introduce a low level trauma response.
Choose wisely. It is prudent to ask the questions. No one has come out of this past year unscathed. Honor the boundaries of others and it might be wise to have a few of your own.