Rend or Mend? Friendship in the Pandemic
Over the course of the pandemic, people were split apart as schools and workplaces closed, and travel ground to a halt. High-fives in the hallway, shared laughs at a restaurant and sweaty dances in school gyms popped out of existence as quickly as the virus ravished our cities. The virus made animated conversation with strangers were now dangerous, and besides, how could anyone be animated with half their faces covered? COVID-19, for sure, separated us physically but did it do so emotionally? As people became less connected than ever before, how did they retain what precious connection they did have? Just maybe, did the pandemic make our relationships … stronger?
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