FILL THE DISTANCE WITH BEAUTY

The social distancing measures of Covid-19 have brought us all together in ways that were simply unimaginable twelve months ago. During lockdown, we came up with creative ideas for feeling close to our loved ones and showing our support for each other. From drive-by birthdays to clapping for key workers and shopping for those shielding. We all pulled together to tackle the virus. We worked hard to fill the sudden physical and emotional distance between us with gestures of love and support.

Now that measures are easing, we find ouselves in a new, unfamiliar space. The things that we're allowed to do, the places we can go, and the people we can see are changing all the time. Depending on our circumstances, we all also follow the rules slightly differently. Some of us who are key workers cannot avoid leaving the house every day for work, while others who are shielding still hesitate to meet up with friends. Whatever your personal situation, there's no denying this new, socially-distaced way of living will take some getting used to.

STAY ALERT AND SHOW SUPPORT
Although we have to remain physically separate, let's fill the distance between us with beauty and give a cheerful plant or orchid as a positive symbol of love and support. Let's give orchids to grandparents who still can't look after their grandchildren, to pensioners in care homes who may be feeling lonely, to friends who are shielding with underlying health conditions, to the local entrepreneurs trying to keep their businesses afloat, and to own mums, who we haven't hugged in months.

ORCHIDS WITH A MESSAGE
Remember, it's all about the gesture. Pick up an orchid from a local boutique, then take it round to your neighbour's or to your friend across town. Instead of a hug, fill the distance with the orchid you've chosen specially for them, and watch their face light up. If you can't see them, then you can always arrange for the plant to be delivered and let them know you'd love to catch up once they're able to come outside again.

SHARE YOUR GESTURE
How do you fill the distance with beauty? Let us know with hashtag #FillTheDistance.

Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk