There were strict directions not to hug or touch, but as soon as I opened the car door, she ran to her Naya and wrapped her arms around her waist.
It had been so long since they've seen each other. Alex and Megan are used to Naya coming to our house every morning, Monday through Friday. to help them get ready for school, make their breakfast, pack their lunch, and walk them across the street to their school. Often on the weekends, there would be visits too. Sleepovers. So much love and togetherness.
Today, we drove one town over to where my parents live for a social distance visit. The idea was to talk from a distance. But the love was like a magnet and pulled them in, just for a few seconds before they remembered it wasn't safe.
Mostly, there was appropriate social distance. We know it is critically important.
But I'll remember that moment, that hug, when all of this is just a memory.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski