Yesterday, I was at the deli section of the grocery store buying some smoked gouda cheese.
It is one of my favorite cheeses that I like to purchase each week. I always request the same quantity ⅓ pound and sliced thinly – call me a creature of habit, I am ok with it. Well, while I placed my order today, I smiled as the employee sliced the cheese, and showed me the slice to confirm the level of thickness. I was good with it. Pre-pandemic, that first slice of cheese would always be offered as a sample, I assume that it was during the pandemic that this practice was removed because of safety reasons. There have been so many things that have turned upside down since the beginning of the pandemic. Personally, I gave less hugs and less handshakes. I resorted to the fist or elbow bump or just a head nod. So, it was no shock when I came across a notice on the website of my HVAC provider that said that due to pandemic and for safety reasons, the HVAC technicians are advised to avoid handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs. Now, I love my HVAC technician Larry, but I have never thought to hug him. I believe I shook his hand the first time we met, but that was the most that we have ever done. I love that the HVAC provider is concerned about their employees as well as their customers’ safety. Larry does a fantastic job keeping my unit running efficiently, and over the years he has provided me with the best tips to keep my energy bill low. For that, I am grateful, but I will express that with words, or perhaps an extra tip versus physical contact.