A fist bump can never take the place of an embrace, and though smiles can reach into our eyes, their full measure cannot be seen behind an outlaw's bandanna. Though social distancing and face masks are now a fixture in everyday life, I want to howl at the loneliness thriving inside me. They say it's only a matter of time, that soon we'll be able to live and love and laugh in the ways we all took for granted. I hope they are right. As hard as it is, we must steel our resolve and stay the course if we are to come through this trial of our humanity. And when it's all over, let us never again take the blessings of human contact for granted.
~Elise Skidmore ©2020