Particular situation I found interesting "in these times". Rented into a new place, the owners and a couple in their 40s live there, too.
Naturally, I was curious how they handle the corona thing, for making "first contact" with them. But you do not ask stuff like that, to complete
strangers... I found people are generally grouping up in their three bases: extreme angst, middle, extreme ignorance and stick together. Yes these
terms are floating because everyone has their own definitions.
I respect each personal decision and will adapt to it, to a certain degree.
Few days ago, late evening, 8pm, I dragged up my boxes and small furniture I could do alone, into my new home. Saw the people living under me and
greeted them, told them I will mind the noise and stop when it gets to late. They laughed and said no problem. We quickly exchanged names. I had a
heavy box, so I nodded up and said I go on my way and we give them a visit the next days. A few minutes later, the both of them already waited at the
truck I rented.
With hands free I approached them in my normal, very speedy way of walking, raised my hand out, made eye contact and saw both looking down on my
stretched out hand. Stopped on a dime, around two meters (6feet) in front of them. Super awkward moment. Silence. I can feel the blood shooting into
my ears and face. Both smile, he chuckles and say that it is okay. What a relief. He helped me bring up the rest of the things while she kept my kid
busy in my apartment.
It felt a bit like these moments in Walking Dead, when people meet each other the first time, and ask "have you killed and if yes why". Sure, not
the same! But the initial moment of trying to figure a special thing out about the other, is the point.
It was such a relief, to not have this Corona thing between me and my new neighbors, as an additional barrier.
Do you have similar, not corona related examples that were different from lets say, mundane things like who is your favorite sports team or whatever.
Things like the above that will put a label on you, that will stick and will determine your future to a degree?
Thanks for reading