I don’t know that I’ll ever view the phrase keep in touch in quite the same way after our collective social distancing experience.
Touch is not allowed or advised. But we can still keep in touch in other ways—for which I am very grateful.
I’m thankful for technology and for living in an area with strong, reliable internet service. I’m thankful for the ability to call people for a reasonable cost. (Remember the days of long distance charges, anyone?) We can even video chat with family and friends, teach and mentor across our device screens, and problem solve with coworkers and community leaders with web-based video conferencing. (We can even mute people, which is not a possibility when face to face. And the ability to wear comfy pajama bottoms? Yes, please. Just don’t forget and stand up to grab a water refill like I did on Skype years ago.)
I wrote notes to a few friends over the weekend. I had received several boxes of notecards from family and friends at Christmas and had just ordered some fun uplifting postcards, so I was well prepared. But it’s even fun to send a birthday card when it’s not a birthday, or just use a piece of paper and blank envelope. No special materials are required.
We can visit people in the open with safe distances. I stood in a friend’s yard while she sat on her porch. My mom pulled sideways into a friend’s driveway and stayed in her vehicle while the friend sat a safe distance in her garage.
So, keep in touch today. You can relationally touch a lot of people in a day without physically touching anyone.