“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” —Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2, 2–6
T H E W A Y I T U S E D T O B E
Self control has now become the new normal. To abuse it is to lose everything.
The new guidelines of self isolation and social distancing are having a subtle impact on all those folks who used to enjoy the dating scene but are now limiting their social urges to prevent themselves from becoming extinct.
If you gaze out your windows you will notice that more folks are walking their pets and publicly expressing their affection for them in a novel manner: public cuddling, petting and unabashedly kissing their pets.
I noticed today a number of couples walking down the street chatting and laughing and sharing time together BUT one of them (in these cases the female)was leading the promenade while the male obediently followed observing the recommended safe personal distance of at least six feet. These folks are actively engaged in couple walking.
The manner in which they strolled down the street reminded me of the countries in which the female leads the male down a pathway ( one usually laced with explosive devices and other dangers) so that the male is totally safe from physical harm.
In this new recommended environment social intercourse is just that: chatting at a safe distance totally acceptable while holding hands, bumping elbows or even bumping into strangers is taboo.
This replaces the days when the girl’s father would stay up past midnight near the front door to ensure that his beloved daughter arrived home safely and of course unmolested.
Hopefully a cure for this pandemic horror will soon be discovered and the dating scene will once again be safe and sound for everyone.
Misquoting Shakespeare many couples today when thinking of their potential dating partner follow the “to sleep perchance to dream” safer course of action.
Who knew dating could get so complicated?