Social Distance

I am still having issues about feeling like the invisible woman when I am out walking. I crave social distance and now that my ankle is still very unstable after the sprain, I find it extremely unnerving to have to step off pavements to avoid gaggles of people who clearly never heard of the 2 metre guidance or the concept of single file or just plain manners.

I heard of one approach to achieving a bit of space from a friend of mine who has a big ferocious looking dog. He walks on the inner and has the dog on the outside and finds that people keep a very wide berth.

Maybe I need to rent an Irish Wolfhound or a huge German Shepherd as our dogs don’t do the trick when it comes to scary, scary. Instead, kids come running to ask if they can pet them!

I’d love to hear of any strategies you have found that work for you, apart from screaming or glaring at people, when you are walking alone and wanting that 2 metres.

PS. I see some people pulling up a mask as I approach as if to send out a silent message but as I wear glasses this could lead to some steamy encounters!

PPS.Would singing loudly do the trick as I am a crow? What songs would work best, I wonder …

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

14 thoughts on “Social Distance”

  1. In my case any song would work Jean! Seriously I completely concur with you. I am so sick of always being the one to step out of the way or step back when people want to talk and just seem to get closer.
    As to masks have you tried cleaning your glasses with either soap or washing up liquid and water, then fitting your mask close to to the bridge of the nose, add glasses on top…it works for me.πŸ’œ Oh! Yes Ruby doesn’t cut it in the scary stakes either πŸ’œπŸ’œ

    1. There’s definitely a lot to be said for living way out of town, Covid-wise anyway. Seems like we are heading into 5km lockdown so my isolated places will be out of bounds. It’s needed, though, as cases going crazy here.
      Hope you and Hawklad are managing okay. πŸ’š

  2. I prefer to be a conscientious objector in the “war of all against all”. I prefer not to think of every other human being as an infectious threat to me, and treat them accordingly. I am sorry that you have to live in constant fear of catching the virus, from every single person you meet. When you are outdoors, passing someone on the street at close quarters cannot spread the virus! You have to be indoors and close to someone for an extended period. This is just common sense. I wonder, will you be able to abandon those fearful behaviors, once the pandemic is declared over, or will you continue to see all other people as threatening?

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