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The summer social distancing survival guide: 5 ways to do it.
Summer is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been ready to get out of the house, get back to work, and socialize with family and friends. But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and not quite ready to make that leap, here are 5 ways to try and make your summer still feel semi-normal, without getting too close to your loved ones.
The drive-by hi – Who’s to say you can’t pull up to the curb and “cheers” your friends while they’re on their stoop and you’re in your car? I did this as early as April and even ventured out of the car and had a beer on the stoop with my buddies in South Philly. (A responsible driver was designated.) You will feel fabulous, fulfilled and have a face-almost-to-face with a real friend rather than a Zoom call.
Camp – Yes. Camp out. Agree on a home. Don’t be afraid. If you don’t want people in your residence, with their icky, germy fingers touching surfaces, then everyone agrees on a place, (or offer your own) and camp in the yard (if you have one). Then make it a B.Y.O. food, booze, beer, water, supplies and TOILET PAPER - or do like me and sprinkle tinkle and air dry (gross!) and save more of that stuff and the earth while you’re at it. This way, you’re safely socially distancing, you’re outside the entire time, and everyone is having fun. Just remember to take all your trash with you when you’re wrapping up, just as you would at a traditional campground.
Good deed and vice versa – OK, so this may sound grandmotherly but if you venture a kind gesture to someone, especially something meaningful to them, it’s inherent they’ll want to return the same to you. Now is the perfect time to think about someone in your life you want to remind you love. If you can’t hug or kiss them, write them a letter, send them a card, or make them something. Now that time is plentiful, be crafty and creative. Tap into your brain and let the juices flow. Do something for someone that will make them smile and warm their heart.
Go to the beach or pool – this one is controversial but it’s my column so I’m writing it. If you’re comfortable with it, do it. There is plenty of oxygen, space and water to share, so free yourself from your home and get out there this summer. If you have a friend who has a pool, accept the invite if it is offered. Chlorine kills pretty much everything. Don’t believe me? Google it.
That leaves us with the ever-dreaded Zoom or Houseparty call – but it’s not all that bad and can be enjoyable. For those who are still wary of social interactions, this is probably your best bet. For weeks now, my friends and I have been playing Friday night Quizzo, which is both fun and challenging. The winner of the trivia game creates the category for the following week. Everyone is amped up in anticipation – not knowing what the questions will be – and when the day arrives, you’re still reveling in the camaraderie with your friends in the comfort of everyone’s safe spaces.
There, now you don't have to let summer pass you by because of COVID-19.