As we grow up, we learn how to behave in public. What is normal, what is allowed and how to successfully interact with others to get our needs met.
I have to say, now is a new time. Learning how to behave during this event is strange, difficult and very unsettling.
Let’s just start with the grocery store… Usually I smile at people, interact a little bit, and when at the checkout I usually joke around with the cashier and those bagging my groceries. But now, I find myself unable to smile at others (due to the mask over my face), and making eye contact just feels invasive to others. If I walk past someone, I find myself turning my back towards the person to keep them safe as well as me. It feels so odd. And at the checkout, it feels like we shouldn’t be joking around, making small talk. Just get in and get out. I’m learning how to behave while shopping.
Last week, I met my daughter to give her some toliet paper (she was out and couldn’t find any). When we met up in a parking lot, we weren’t sure how to greet each other. Sit in the car, she get the prize possession out the back of my car and then drive away or could I get out and greet her like I wanted to do. Hug my baby girl?! It felt weird.
Me being me, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hug by daughter’s neck but it definitely felt odd and it felt like others in the parking lot were staring, judging. I hate that feeling. The feeling I am doing something wrong especially when it involves my family. I’m learning how to behave when seeing my family.
None of us know when this is going to end. We are all altering our behavior, learning how to behave. My hope is that when this is over, our behavior during this time has not become our new normal. We are able to greet each other face to face, joke around with a cashier, make small talk with a smile and most importantly hug the necks of the ones we love.