This afternoon, we visited friends for a physically-distanced Fourth of July (four couples, four pairs of chairs with about 8-10 feet between the closest chairs) BBQ (skewers, so no one had to touch the food after it was cooked). We wore masks much of the time, too.
It was really nice to see friends in person instead of in Zoom squares, but it was unnerving, especially at first – eight people in one (large) front yard! And to think that last year on the Fourth, we were in the same place with the same friends – and many more – and we weren’t worried about being too close, or touching the wrong thing, or….
The new normal may be essential, but it isn’t very normal.