Are we ever going to felt the same about our kids giving spontaneous hugs
Accidentally sharing a sandwich
Exchanging a two year olds enthusiastic kiss?
Are we ever going to feel the same about hugging our friends
Sitting side by side on a bench
Holding them as their tears fall on our shoulder
Occasionally embracing them cheek to cheek?
Are we ever going to feel the same about our kids inviting their friends over
Going to someone else’s house to play
Playing with a new friend at the park
Failing to think about where all those children might have been or who they have been exposed to?
Are we ever going to pick up a strangers dropped hat blowing in the wind,
Look people in the eye at the grocery store
Smile at them
Gently push someone else basket to the side that has gotten in the way?
Are we ever going to feel the same about sitting in a crowded restaurant
Rubbing elbows at a full bar
Going to a crammed theater
Eating a hot dog we bought from an unmasked street vendor at a packed baseball stadium?
Are we ever going to be able to go to the hospital with our sick loved ones
Show our full faces anywhere and everywhere
Stop for stray animals without fear
Meet up with a few friends at a coffee shop to relax and enjoy the sweet moment of connection?
Are we ever going to stop using phrases like social distancing
Out of the abundance of caution
Stay at home and help flatten the curve?
Will we ever be untainted and innocent again? I pray so.