Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance
Tina looked at the “Social Distancing” and invited us to focus on DISTANCE this week as a challenge to serve as a reminder of its importance.
I grew up in a big city and now live in one. When we traveled, it amazed me to realize some people live in a great distance from each other. It made me think that these people do not have the convenience to access many things, things at our fingertips we take for granted. These people also don’t have the luxury or technology city people have. I asked myself why people choose to live in these locations and live in this lifestyle. “Are they happy?” Then the next question is, “What makes people happy?” I think people either have no choice or choose to be content wherever they are and however they live.
The first set of photos is the distance in the land.
“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan
“Ocean separates lands, not souls.” – Munia Khan
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
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The next set of photos is our family practice of social distancing.
Because of the Covid-19, I canceled my flight to be with my daughter, Mercy, for the birth of her second daughter. I planned to be there to watch Autumn while she was in the hospital. They live close to Washington sate which is on the top three states with most Coronavirus cases and death. I live in California which is one of the three states among the top three. It was for the safety that I canceled the flight. If it were not for a dangerous situation, they could have friends volunteer to watch Autumn. Under these circumstances, on Sunday, March 22, my son-in-law was able to take my daughter to the hospital but not staying with her during her labor. They did video chats during her labor. After baby Nora was born, their friends watched Autumn in the afternoon so Will went to the hospital and held Nora in his arms. They continued to do video chats in the next two days. The hospital discharged my daughter on Tuesday. Baby Nora had the first check-up appointment on Thursday.
Mercy and I did video chats and sent video messages to each other. She set up a Tinybeans.com account for her older daughter Autumn. She also posted many photos of the family and Nora on that account. That is the account I don’t miss checking every day. I can’t get enough to look at the photos and videos again and again.
“Distance means so little when someone means so much.” – Tom McNeal
“I exist in two places, here and where you are.” – Margaret Atwood
“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” – Gilbert Parker
Let’s do our part and keep social distancing. Stay safe!