During these times, reach out - but don't touch - someone special

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I'm writing this article March 18 and you will be reading it sometime in early April. A lot can happen in two weeks - both good and bad.

There is the possibility that by the time this newspaper is delivered, we will be in an "isolation" status. We hope most of us will be in our homes, still working remotely and getting paid. But, there will be a sizeable number of people who will not be employed at this time.

The federal government has said all of those out of work will get paid - some amount ($1,000?). Plus, many have already contacted the U.S. Dept of Labor for unemployment insurance. How long will it take to have much-needed funds to cover food, drug prescriptions and normal monthly living expenses like electricity, internet, car insurance, etc. Has the money arrived yet? Let's hope so.

Let's face it, we are social animals. We need to talk to people. We need to be around people.

Co-existing is so important from many physical, mental and emotional aspects. Yet now is the time to become an anti-social hermit - but only when it involves being side by side with someone. "Social distancing" is the new phrase that defines the 6-foot space needed to protect ourselves and not infect another person.

Here are a couple of ideas you might consider if you're going to be on lockdown in your home:

• When was the last time you reached out to your best friend from college, or your great aunt Ethel, your mom or dad, your little brother, son, daughter, grandfather?

With a majority of folks now owning a smartphone, you can call (even on a land line) or text or - even better - FaceTime. Being able to see who you're talking to gives you the feeling they are in the room with you.

• If you don't have a computer or if you are technically challenged and don't do email, you can write an actual letter and mail it to someone and let them know how much they mean to you and your world. Receiving a piece of mail from someone is such a rare event these days. But, from my perspective, it's very special. Try it and see how you feel. You might have plenty of time to do so.

• Also, if you have "at-risk" neighbors, such as those who are alone, elderly, or physically fragile, give them a call or stick a note on their front door and see how they're doing. You might be able to give them some important information to stay safe.

Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. TheSeabrook.com

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