Here in Heaven I have been known (or would have been if anyone had known) to be all by myself for weeks at a time. My ordinary life is only randomly social. An average day consists of getting up, making coffee, making a smoothie, feeding the dogs, drinking coffee and writing my blog, then cleaning up after the dogs, random chores (shopping, post office, whatever), OR work on a project, lunch, walking a dog or two and/or riding the bike to nowhere, back to the project (or while I was judging books, reading), supper, a movie and bed. It sounds kind of boring, maybe, but the project is a very consuming thing and walking the dogs means a sojourn into the Big Empty one way or another. If there are people in it AT ALL it’s most often by accident. Welcome accident, usually, but as I’m not a “joiner” it’s, overall, a pretty isolated life.
I’m aware of the liabilities.
I also know not everyone could be happy with a life like this, but as I wrote to a blogging pal a few days ago, this is, to me “the reward” for teaching 10,000 students to write, for all those years of enforced and often intense interpersonal contact.
The thing is, a lot of us here in the Back of Beyond live like this. I don’t think people can stand it if they’re not fundamentally introverts. But…when we see someone we like, we’re very happy. My trek through the Craft and Nature Fair at the Crane Festival garnered me some big hugs from people I like a LOT but don’t see often. We might live a few blocks away from each other, but we might, also, live miles and miles apart. An event like that brings everyone to one place.
There was great sharing of news, showing of photos, discussion of how Dusty T. Dog influenced a friend’s decision to finally get a dog. For me, the whole event was hugging, talking, a locally grown potato, baked with butter and sour cream, and Raptors.
Yesterday I headed into the Big City to buy groceries. No one was doing this.
There haven’t been any (known) cases of the virus here in the San Luis Valley. And, if people are “self-isolating” I don’t think we’ll even notice. 😉