Sing a Song of Social Distancing, a Pocketful of Hand Sanitizer

I am in the midst of returning home after an overseas trip. I have a strong sense of getting back just ahead of the drawbridge being pulled up, even though no deadline has been given. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday in a press conference: it’s time to come home.

In common with many of my compatriots, I have travelled internationally a lot, have lived in other countries, and have served in the military. All of these experiences have made me very aware of how fortunate I am to be able to come home, especially to a country that cares about its citizens and that doesn’t see us a commodity to be expended. It’s nothing but an accident of birth, but that difference has given me multitudinous advantages and opportunities.

So over the next couple of days, I will be navigating airports and aircraft with lots of hand sanitizer, hand washing, and distancing. I feel fine, but I will need to go into self-isolation for 14 days to ensure my health and that of others.

And, for the first time ever, I will be working from home. A new experience.

I wish everyone clean hands and good health.


24 thoughts on “Sing a Song of Social Distancing, a Pocketful of Hand Sanitizer”

  1. Safe travels Lynette and stay well. We drive away from Vancouver for Edmonton in a couple of hours and despite the scenery, it will be an eerie drive, but no way I am going through an airport right now. It will be tough leaving the kids, but in this small space, it will be better with two less occupants milling about. Allan

    1. Thanks Allan. Vancouver is getting a little worrisome, so I understand your concerns. I am not thrilled about being in airports today and tomorrow, but there’s no choice. Safe drive, my friend. πŸ™‚

  2. It’s great to have this form of communication to reduce the effects of social isolation. Safe travels as we all seek to hunker down in this first wave. As the new normal emerges, and I’m pretty sure it will be radically different than what we’ve known life to be, having conversations with people and exhibiting empathy and caring is essential. I hope you get across the drawbridge while it’s open. For now, our mutual border is closed 😦

    1. I have just gotten back to Toronto, so I made it back. πŸ™‚ Yes, the border is closed, but done in the best interests of both countries. It is a new normal. This evening I am in a big city, but it’s so quiet. Very little traffic, no restaurants or bars open; when I came through here 10 days ago, it was a big, busy city.

  3. oh absolutely, I echo your every sentiment — keep safe, and stay curious! engaging fully with our new world is our best physical/mental protection, I think…

  4. That must be quite stressful for you. I would hate to be travelling at this time. I wish you safe home and perfect health. (I thought your last sentence was going to end with “clean hands and a pure heart.”) πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

      It hasn’t been easy, especially dealing with worried employees from a distance and the time changes, etc. It’s good to be back but also very strange with everything closed. I came through one of the busiest airports in the world and just walked straight into security. There was no line-up at all. It took about two minutes. 😳

      I wish you good health, too. πŸ™‚

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