10 Feb Love Finds a Way
This is an appropriate image as we celebrate romantic love, Valentine’s Day. This sweet little artwork came to me in a dream after a conversation with a dear friend. It shows a love connection between 2 PinchPals, during a pandemic!
It’s a True Story
In spite of isolation caused by this awful pan-dam-demic love has found a way. For my friend it began simply enough, passing on a piece of information through a 3rd party that she knew he had an interest in. A well written article about a mutually shared curiosity. And then, again via the 3rd party, a note of thanks. The 3rd party, not sharing the same interest, or perhaps sensing their role may have become that of Cupid, dropped out of the conversation. The arrow had already been released. The email notes slowly transformed into longer email conversations. The written word, almost a lost art form, encouraged thoughtful exchanges.
From emails to texting. From beautiful long passages to binary code. Texting is an artform in and of itself and for younger generations the preferred mode of communication. Have you tried telephoning anyone under the age of 25 who actually answered their “phone”, unlikely.
Because texts are short messages, in the case of my friend, the understanding and appreciation of the rhythms of each other’s daily routines was quickly understood and easily facilitated. But for this mature couple the learning curve of a largely on-line relationship was at times daunting. “How long do I wait for a response”? Was that Emoji appropriate?
Thanks to Covid
So much in common, such honest and heartfelt communications. Countless texts, beautiful electronic communications, in writing. Eventually phone calls, and soon the most vulnerable of moments, “Facetime”. Post-covid, when an in-person meeting can finally happen I figure these 2 will feel like teenagers…nervous and excited. First date jitters. Yet thanks to Covid a feeling of genuine comfort and familiarity has been forged by shared curiosities and facilitated by technology.
Because of Covid love blossomed. And although Covid continues to keep these love birds separated it won’t be for much longer.
A recent article in the Washington Post by Laura Fraser, “Dad always buried his feelings. Then came Zoom”, the author enlightens us to how technology has opened the door to intimacy in unexpected and profound ways. In her case setting up her elderly father with a laptop and Zoom account has facilitated an intimacy between family members like never before. “Zooming has cracked open a window into my father’s heart”. He got to “meet” his great grand-daughter, who was named after his deceased wife, he shares never heard before stories, his connection to his family is deeper and more genuine that ever. An odd blessing of Covid.
We are finding ways to stay connected and re-connect. So many of us simply long to share in the company of others. An interesting consequence of Covid’s enforced isolation, and the transition to having to make do via electronic devices, many folks are experiencing a deeper intimacy, honesty and vulnerability in their relationships – even those forged exclusively on-line.
The PinchPals were created as a way to connect and here they represent connection of the most sincere form. Sending someone a PinchPal is an easy first step. Our Get a Pal, Give a Pal Covid coping campaign continues. For every Pocket PinchPal purchased we send you 2, one to keep and one to pass on. Let someone know you’ve got their back.
As always, thank you for reading, commenting and your continued support. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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about the artwork: Love Finds a Way, Pandemic PinchPals. If you are interested in an art work of this theme drop us a note. This exact little beauty is for the couple who inspired this post. We have a collection of Pandemic PinchPals just waiting for homes.
In spite of isolation caused by this awful pan-dam-demic love has found a way. Share with others how we are finding new ways to stay connected and re-connect.