• Leah Wong

When we're not 2 metres apart

We got an email from an airline this morning. Our flights back to the UK in early August have been cancelled. This is hardly a surprise given everything that's been going on, but we thought these flights would go ahead because travel is opening up more. There are more and more flights between the UK and France.


The last time I was in the UK was 9 March. I have a lovely weekend, celebrating a friend's birthday and enjoying dim sum (a rarity here in Geneva). When we got back, we heard several of the friends we'd been celebrating with had COVID. It brought home how much the virus was spreading. Needless to say, after that, all our flights back to the UK were cancelled. We used to head back around once a month to see family or watch football matches (my partner is a Manchester United season ticket holder - something I don't think he'd give up if he lived on Mars!).


So these past few months have been challenging for us. I'm very close to my not-future-in-laws. I've missed them a lot. We were really hoping that these flights would go ahead so we could see them. I miss them more than words can say. I think this song summarises it very well.


I'm sure many people can relate to this. Feeling so distant from family, especially those overseas. We can start to see people in France, and my family in Manchester is now able to see each other again. But I can't see them.


That said, I do have some good news. I might not be able to see my not-future-in-laws in Manchester, but my family in London is coming to France this weekend. We're meeting in champagne which is equidistant from both of us. I'll see my dad, his partner, her daughter, and my brother. People I haven't seen since since Christmas. I can't believe it's been almost 7 months since I've seen them. I'm so excited to spend time with them, and the dog!


One question I have though: am I allowed to hug them? We'll be living together in an apartment so we'll definitely be in close contact. We'll be eating together, and all cuddling the dog. So I can hug them right? I hope so.

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