April 7, 2021

What’s It Like to Hug Again?

By Lisa Tarchak

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Share your videos of your first physical contact with a loved one or friend post-vaccination.

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  I miss shaking hands with people when introduced. Sitting down to a meal with people I love, or even grabbing a coffee with someone I’m just getting to know. And I miss hugging my friends when I rarely see them, still outside and six feet apart.
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  Those six feet apart have become a moat around me — a necessary separation, I know, but it might as well be a mile at this point. I’m a hugger. For the past year I’ve felt stranded, both physically and emotionally separate.
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- What are the costs of physical deprivation on us? In the past year as we’ve navigated this virus, normal physical contact has been transformed into a precursor to sickness and death, not only a threat to ourselves but also a possible death sentence for ones we love. Maybe our psyches will heal — with vaccinations becoming more widespread, and spring in the air, the end is starting to feel nearer. But is it really? As cases increase in the United States and around the world, the virus still hovers above us, along with the fear.
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+ What are the costs of physical deprivation on us? As we’ve navigated this virus, normal physical contact has been transformed into a precursor to sickness and death, not only a threat to ourselves but also a possible death sentence for ones we love. Maybe our psyches will heal — with vaccinations becoming more widespread, and spring in the air, the end is starting to feel nearer. But is it really? As cases increase in the United States and around the world, the virus still hovers above us, along with the fear.
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  I also wonder how this will change me, and when “normal” returns, if I will still be a hugger. Will physical contact be the same? Will we always be weighing the risks, and because of that will those hugs and kisses have even more meaning because they will always be reminders of our own mortality?
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  I’m still one shot and many miles away from my family, and most likely months away from seeing my mom. I cry as I write this. But as the vaccination rollout continues, for many people reunions and returns to physical touch are becoming a reality again.

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  • What’s It Like to Hug Again?
  • Share Your Videos of First Post-Vaccination Hugs

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  • Greeting Gestures
  • Hugging
  • Quarantine (Life and Culture)
  • Vaccination and Immunization