Never in a million years I imagine that this day would actually come.
The things that only happen in the movies are suddenly leaping out of the screen and happening in the real world.
I would have never thought that one day I would stand in a grocery shop, worrying about touching the fresh, juicy delicious unwrapped fruits.
The food — fruits, vegetables, canned, packaged — that have so long sustained us, now appeared somehow menacing in their display.
Who have touched them?
Are they safe?
Are they harboring deadly secret danger?
Just the other day, my partner and I got a delivery and my heart actually pounded when I saw the box lying on the couch where we spend most of our time.
“Is that the box in which our delivery came in? The one the delivery guy had touched?” I asked my partner.
“No. That box is on the floor near the door,” he answered.
I breathed a sigh of relief.
Last year, this whole interaction would be bizarre. We open packages all the time, ripping open the tapes, throwing the packaging anywhere to be sorted out later.
We buy groceries all the time, just haphazardly picking things up, throwing them in our carts. We pay, we leave and we enjoy our purchase without a second thought.
We move at such a speed that some things have become automatic. One second we’re making a shopping list, the next thing we know, everything is already in its place in our houses.
The world has suddenly spun out of control and we’re being thrown around like a rag doll.
The few things we do daily without much thinking have the possibility of turning into something lethal and by not doing it, we might be actually saving lives.
Meeting, socializing, touching.
Who would have thought?