“We are so challenged with the whole family locked up in the house” dominates what is presented as the new ‘under corona siege’ norm. And then there are “the old and the lonely stuck at home — don’t forget them.” A good idea! But how about the not so old but single? We sit at home and are made to feel extra lonely because we’re treated as unmentionable rare exceptions.
According to a then serious news outlet in 2012, “Israel is swamped with singles.” And it’s not just here in Israel. Also singles in the US complain about feeling extra isolated under house arrest with no-one to hug.
I know that many Israelis are coupled but just not registered as such. And I know that many singles have roommates. But they might just not be the hugging types. Talking on the phone, through messages, emails, and Zoom is not the same as meeting in person and shaking a hand or sharing a hug — everyone has been mantra-ing young people for decades.
Many a single knows how to mingle but try doing that under lock-down.
Now, we’re not the new pitiful, thank you. We will manage.
But I’m just asking of the paired-up, the raising children, and the media: Don’t make us feel more lonely than we are already by only sharing in the media about the challenges of being confined with each other. Some of us would like such a challenge. I won’t shush you with “Count your blessings” but don’t you drown us out with your relationship challenges, please.
May we all be set free appreciating more the people we live with, our newly found neighbors, those we always meet, and just going for a walk.