The Hug

Ann Litts
4 min readJun 10, 2020

Forgotten Things

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash

It happened on an evening last week. It was the first time I had been hugged in too long to count. My BFF and I had been practicing social distancing since mid-March.

Religiously.

Both of us are nurses.

Both of us have underlying health issues that make us high-risk.

Neither one of us is a fool.

On this night- this visit was different. For over a month now, the governor has been allowing Humans to roam freely about the state. NC is quite firmly settled into Phase 2 of our state’s #reopen plan.

My hospital’s statistics are higher now than they were at the ‘peak’ of “The Curve” and rising. Sharply. No one seems too concerned over that. I guess once the body count got over 100K the overwhelm factor kicked in and that was that.

Humans can only tolerate so much death and devastation before denial and other coping mechanisms kick in to protect the psyche.

Or perhaps the next ‘big’ news story hit. And COVID was left to its own devices. Rather like the “kids in cages”, “the war on terror”, or any other horrible thing still happening in our world that the bright and shiny has worn off as far as Fox/CNN/MSNBC are concerned.

Those “stories” have ceased to hold our attention and as such, have stopped generating cash flow to the mass media machine. Time to move on.

But make no mistake — All. The. Things. are still out there. Still needing to be seen and recognized and attended to. Those wounds are still open gashes in the fabric of our Humanity. They just aren’t media money makers anymore.

Our society is awash with neglect and outright violence. Against a lot of Humans who did nothing in Life to deserve the treatment they receive at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect. The governments, the police, the military, the healthcare system.

So — I needed that hug. And so did she. Because this is far from over. We are only just getting started.

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