Social distancing. We know what it means in theory – avoiding crowds and public transport, staying at home, keeping a 6 feet distance from others, working from home, meeting friends virtually, etc. But in practical terms, it is so much more than that. It means maintaining a gap of 1-2 meters while standing in a queue and celebrating milestones like engagements and anniversaries through the window.
According to Mail Online, an aunt from Ireland, Emma, shared pictures of her brother Míchéal holding his newborn son Faolán and their father meeting the baby for the first time through a glass window.
Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/uyHHgBBXxb
— Emma 🇵🇸 (@emmabethgall) March 21, 2020
Mirror UK reports that the elderly man lives in close proximity to his son and can’t wait to hold his grandson once the crisis has passed. According to CNN, people over 60 years of age are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and have been advised to self-isolate themselves.
My dad is also doing well and is completely oblivious to his new fame 😂 he wouldn’t let me take a pic of him but he’s smiling! My brother lives about 2 minutes away from him so he went up to say hello. He knew he couldn’t come in. He is looking forward to holding the baby soon.
— Emma 🇵🇸 (@emmabethgall) March 22, 2020
Many people got teary-eyed after seeing the photo but remained hopeful that things will get better soon.
Oh, man, this is heartbreaking. But on the other hand, beautiful, and congratulations! A million blessings on your son.
— Queen of Crows🗝 👀 (@queenofcrows) March 22, 2020
Oh my heart. 💔❤️
— Alicia Carlson (@AmicaAli) March 22, 2020
Congratulations. Cuddles might be delayed but will come! 🙂
— Kate (Scobes) 🇺🇦🐝🎪голос у наметі (@voiceinthetent) March 21, 2020
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing and showing how responsible social isolation works. Best of luck and congratulations.
— Patricia Murphy (@_PatriciaMurphy) March 21, 2020
The sheer joy and pain in his eyes is unbearable.
— The Reasonable Fan (@RickyWiIIiams) March 22, 2020
It sure is heartening to see everyone following quarantine rules and communicating through video calls even if it breaks their hearts as our collective efforts are the only way to flatten the coronavirus curve.