The Reality of Social Distancing 😷


Human beings are social creatures, I’ve repeated this truth many times before but it was only after having to practice social distancing at one of the most significant family gatherings that I really felt its sting…


On the first week of the South African #Lockdown my grandfather (my father’s father) passed away after a blessed long life of 101 years 🥳   

“By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
The Bible (NLT)
Genesis‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭

The one truth that we all need to accept is that each and everyone of us will die at some stage, but it is always painful when it happens – the comfort we receive from our loved ones, at such a time, really keeps us going… But what if we can’t even hug?? 🤗


TBH (to be honest) having to practice the #FlatteningTheCurve regulations at a funeral felt like cruel and unusual punishment 😩


Firstly, our entire family wasn’t able to attend my grandfather’s funeral, because no more than 40 people were allowed to gather (which is not even half of the family) – on top of that, we STILL had to practice social distancing 😷


This meant that no one was touching or hugging… Oh yes, the cherry on top was that the whole ceremony was not meant to last longer than ONE HOUR 🍒

Though there is a twist in this plot – my grandpa would always tell his children (my aunts and fathers) that he doesn’t want too many people at his funeral and that it shouldn’t go on for too long – it’s as if he knew what state we’d be in… 🤔


I would like to wish my beloved grandfather a blessed and peaceful rest ❣️


Truly Yours,
Aphelele ♡

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