Iain Graydon

February 24, 2021

I was out walking my dog the other day and was catching up on these two woman walking there dogs – one old and one middle-aged. Suddenly, the older woman cried out and grabbed the railing by the side of the path. She was clearly in pain and having difficulties. I stopped immediately to find out what the problem was and to lend a hand if needed. It turned out that she had a twisted spine which was causing leg pain and some dysfunction – she was struggling to stand. While I looked after the old lady the younger one went off to get help and a lady duly turned up with an SUV to take the old lady home. I actively supported her from her position at the railing and helped her climb up into the car which then took her home.

It was only afterwards that I realised that it was the first time I had physically touched someone other than my wife in a long time – months! The thought was a shock and made me think about the importance of touch.

Covid-19 has demanded isolation and hence denied us the opportunity for human contact. This has been seen especially in care homes and, most cruelly in hospitals when people are on the point of dying. Yet we use phrases all the time like “keep in touch” “stay in contact”.

My point is that when you do get the opportunity to get together again make sure to give people that all important contact. It will help them and help you get back in touch.

So give them a hug! And mean it!