TOUCH

OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD TODAY IS TOUCH.  TOUCHING IS ONE OF THE THINGS IN LIFE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND HUMAN TOUCH IS ALSO SOMETHING WE NEED.  I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT TOUCH, AND ALTERNATIVES WE HAVE FOR IT.  “SOCIAL DISTANCING” IS NOW RECOMMENDED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OUR WORLD IS EXPERIENCING. ACCORDING TO GUIDELINES RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO REMAIN SIX FEET APART AT ALL TIMES.  WE ARE DOWN TO THE LAST FOUR DAYS  OF A “STAY AT HOME” MANDATORY ORDER AT ALL TIMES UNLESS YOU HAVE A JOB THAT REQUIRES YOU TO DRIVE OR TO GO TO THE STORE OR EMERGENCY.  

WHEN THE VIRUS FIRST STARTED, IT ORIGINATED OUT OF WUUAN, CHINA.  THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DISCREPANCY AS TO HOW THIS VIRUS WAS CREATED TO BEGIN WITH.  SOME BELIEVE THERE HAS BEEN A CONSPIRACY TO KILL OFF THE POPULATION AND SOME BELIEVE IT IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.  THE MAJORITY OF THE SCIENCE COMMUNITY, (CDC, WHO) BELIEVE IT ORIGINATED FROM A BAT BITING A HUMAN BEING.  THERE IS MUCH WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS, AND WHEN WE THINK WE HAVE A GRASP ON WHAT IT ENTAILS, A NEW SYMPTOM OCCURS AND WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE BACK TO SQUARE ONE.  WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD TODAY, TOUCH?  THE ONLY THING THAT SEEMS TO HAVE TRULY MADE A DIFFERENCE WAS WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING WAS INTRODUCED CAUSING LOWER MORTALITY RATES.  WE NOW HAVE TO DEAL WITH HOW NOT TO TOUCH THOSE WE LOVE IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN AROUND US AND INSIDE OUR HOME AT THE TIME OF THE STAY AT HOME ORDER.  THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FATHOM.  BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEANING OF TOUCH IN OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY AND THE DWW MEANING.  

WEBSTER DEFINITION OF TOUCH-AN ACT OF TOUCHING SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.  2.  THE FACULTY OF PERCEPTION THROUGH PHYSICAL CONTACT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE FINGERS.  

DWW MEANING-ONE OF OUR FIVE SENSES THAT MAKE UP THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.  TOUCH CAN MEAN HOLDING HANDS, HUGGING, EVEN STROKING ANOTHER’S CHEEK.  THIS IS ALL PART OF OUR EXPERIENCE OF EACH EVENT IN OUR LIFE AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS REALIZE.  

TOUCH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE CAN EXPERIENCE.  IT IS A PART OF SHOWING AFFECTION FOR PEOPLE.  NOW, UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, TOUCHING IS OFF LIMITS.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR THOSE PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO SHOW THEIR LOVE THROUGH TOUCH.  I WILL HUG SOMEONE WHEN I INITIALLY MEET THEM, AND SADLY, THAT WILL NO LONGER BE THE CASE FOR A LONG TIME.  WE HAVE BEEN UNDER THESE STAY AT HOME ORDERS FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO AND A HALF MONTHS.  MY SON LIVES 20 MINUTES AWAY.  MY MOTHER LIVES 20 MINUTES AWAY IN THE OPPOSITE DRIVING DIRECTION.  I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM FOR TWO AND A HALF MONTHS.  I FEEL SO SAD THAT WHEN I DO SEE MY MOTHER, AND SON AND FUTURE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, HUGGING AND KISSING THEM WILL BE DISCOURAGED.  THIS HAS BEEN A HARD TIME ON EVERYONE.  SOME OF US WILL HAVE PTSD, (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) FROM THE SHOCK WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS.  

I WILL NOW GO BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUESTION:  WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVES TO TOUCHING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING?  I AM SORRY, BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME I AM OUT OF SUGGESTIONS.  I HAVE RECOMMENDED SOME THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO DEAL WITH NOT SEEING OUR RELATIVES WHICH IS TO FACETIME ON OUR PHONE SO WE CAN SEE FAMILY.  THERE IS SO MUCH MORE I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, BUT IT WOULD BE REDUNDANT.  I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND NEGATIVE OR PESSIMISTIC ABOUT A LACK OF TOUCHING, BUT I ALSO DON’T WANT TO BE DISHONEST.  FOR EXAMPLE, SCIENTIFIC STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT HUMAN TOUCH IS A NECESSITY FOR NEWBORNS AND BABIES.  THEY ARE OFTEN DIAGNOSED WITH “FAILURE TO THRIVE” WHEN THEY ARE LEFT WITHOUT TOUCH WHICH INCLUDES A BABY BEING HELD, THEIR CHEEK STROKED, HOLDING THEIR LITTLE HANDS, OR EVEN BATHING WITHOUT GLOVES WOULD BE SO WONDERFUL TO GO BACK TO.  HOWEVER, THAT IS NOT HOW LIFE WORKS.  THERE HAS BEEN DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS.  WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE DAYS, AND WONDER HOW WE MADE IT THROUGH.  IT WILL BE A LONG TIME HOWEVER, BEFORE WE RETURN TO ANY SEMBLANCE OF NORMALCY.  WE WILL NEED A HEALING REGIME AND IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR ALL OF US.  ONE THING WE CAN DO IS BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER SO WE REMEMBER, WE ARE NEVER ALONE NO MATTER HOW LONELY WE MIGHT FEEL.

IF YOU READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT HUMAN TOUCH, I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT TOUCH, AND NOT HAVING IT HAS AFFECTED YOU?  IN WHAT WAY?  YOU MAY ALSO WRITE A POEM EXPRESSING YOUR FEELINGS OR LEAVE A QUOTE BELOW THIS ARTICLE WHERE IT SAYS, “JOIN THE DISCUSSION”.  THANKS SO MUCH, SAMANTHA LEBOEUF/DWW

 

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