Is anyone else missing the joys of seeing people who you don’t live with?
Today I had the joy of seeing some amazing people. It was the first purely social event I have been to since March 13th. One that didn’t involve people that share the same address as me or my parents.
And it was AMAZING.
I have a whatsapp group chat with 4 other teachers from my school. Two are no longer teachers there as they declined to renew their contracts (life happens) but we all decided that we needed to see each other. We have been saying it since April and it just happened today.
All the other grade 1-3 teachers were invited, but 2 couldn’t come. But those two are the oldest. We still love them dearly, but we had a great time all the same. One of the teachers from the middle/high school came too but he’s a younger guy (around my age I think) so he fits right in with all of us.
And it was just so great! I mean we met at a park really close to the school and we set up chairs and blankets and people brought some snacks and some amazing things and it was just about 10-12 of us sitting and talking and being our big happy family together! Lots of air hugs and kisses were given, and we were sitting closer than 6 ft but no physical contact.
We were together for 2 hours and then it was a torrential downpour and we all scattered. I was offered a ride home just before it started raining and I was all “oo no it’s fine!” but I knew I couldn’t talk my way out of it, and as soon as we reached the parking lot from our shaded gathering it was a monsoon out there. I was soaked just running the 10 steps from the car to my house door after getting dropped off!
We are planning another for next Tuesday because we love each other and it’s insane that we waited so long to do this. And I honestly feel so weird – like it was so immensely nice to have social time but also felt so weird to be having it. I can’t wait to see them all again next week!