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So close and yet...

By lifesnapper  
Hi all. My Greece in mono series will continue on Monday. Thank you so much for your support so far.

Yesterday I witness the gentle torture of grandparents visiting their baby granddaughter. I find much irony in the lead image including; the rainbows that kids are being encouraged to draw and paint. Rainbows are made up of a scattering of small water particles which is the main source of how Covid is transmitted. The double glazed window that separates, was fitted to help keep out sound. The window frame is made of plastic, which is clogging up our planet. It is also simulating wood which, in a way, is like robots replacing people. And then there's the sign that the baby girl is, unwittingly, making with her fingers. Sometimes it's good to look beyond the picture.
As for the people in it: A visit from nanny and granddad was never like this. How do people explain to small children the reason why they can't have a much needed hug? I'm glad I don't have to explain that.

But hey; If happy little blue birds fly...

Take care, stay safe.


Tags: Rainbow Photo journalism Street Grandparents Mother and child Grandchild Covid 19 lockdown

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saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
4 Apr 2020 7:56AM
What a traumatic and deeply saddening situation for the grandparents and parents to be involved in. Perhaps - I don't know - it would be less of a mental burden not to visit physically, as here, but to keep to Skype and other means of electronic communication.
Perhaps not so traumatic for the wee bairn, who is too young to understand, but who will miss the giggling, cuddling and laughter of a normal visit...
B&W, John, the colour is too bright for such a depressing situation.
4 Apr 2020 8:00AM
Lovely set, John.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2020 8:03AM
Traumatic for grandparents but at least they can follow what is underlying all this. Much more difficult for children.
There are two 6 year-old boys in the next houses down from us, great friends. I've seen them calling to each other across the fence. How do you explain to them that they cannot play together?
4 Apr 2020 8:15AM
"With most, if not all children, a level of honesty is the best approach. They know something is happening. Make sure you know all the facts and then put that information to them in an age appropriate way.
Tell them things on a need to know basis. Condense that information into a way they can understand - and be open to questions, even if you don't have all the answers."
~ Joanna Thurston, a family support practitioner
p.s. and yes, grandparents and grandchildren are having to adapt to new ways of living amid the Covid-19 outbreak....
a great set, John, depicting the new reality (or normality?) only too well
4 Apr 2020 8:21AM
Thanks for that, Leo.
And Malc, I had to increase the colour for the rainbow and words to show up better.
woolybill1 Plus
14 35 76 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2020 8:26AM
We all have to be brave in this new world.
Well done, John.
Nice group. A sign of the times for a quite a while I think. Nicely documented GrinGrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
4 Apr 2020 8:36AM
You worry too much,'s commendable of you 😁
4 Apr 2020 10:33AM
Very difficult to know what to say. The images, especially the lead carry the burden eloquently. Thought provoking documentation of very unsettling times. 🏆
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2020 10:53AM
Heartbreaking for everybody involved.
My 14-year-old granddaughter came round and used my garden to do her gymnastics -
glad to just see her and share my garden.
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
4 Apr 2020 11:16AM
We know exactly how they feel. It's horrible , Video calling helps to keep in contact but you
can't hug someone via the internet. All 6 of our little ones are really missing their Grandma but it's even worse for
our daughter and her 3. Liz is a nurse, she's leaving for work at 6am and not getting home till 10pm.
The word Frustrating doesn't even come close to describing the situation.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2020 11:47AM
An unfortunate sign of the times John. A sad and frustrating scene.
4 Apr 2020 11:49AM
Liz, and many others like her, will deserve a medal after this lot, Dave.
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
4 Apr 2020 12:47PM
So very sad photos John!
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
4 Apr 2020 12:55PM
Very well captured
ColleenA Plus
8 470 7 Australia
4 Apr 2020 1:13PM
At least at the end of this Covid nightmare they will still have their family intact. Think of all the people that werenít afforded that opportunity and have died because someone didnít isolate.
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
4 Apr 2020 3:02PM
Everything is pushed into what we used to call "science fiction movies" a while ago. It remains to be seen if we will have a happy end, or, pressing the "red button" the world will be destroyed... Very sad photos, but better this than dead people!
Hopefully if we all isolate it will come to a good conclusion

clicknimagine Plus
11 745 104 India
4 Apr 2020 4:14PM
After every 100 years , there is an outbreak of pandemic...

dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
4 Apr 2020 4:19PM
When it's over, I'll be hugging everyone who comes near...
4 Apr 2020 5:38PM
This crisis will not last forever we look forward to happier times, John
capto Plus
8 6.5k 23 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2020 7:25PM
This is war with an invisible enemy, and all the misery that war brings.Smile
4 Apr 2020 7:41PM
Yep, the Chinese have waged war on the world and passing it off as a mistake.
4 Apr 2020 8:25PM
Images that most certainly strike a chord, John ............ we miss the hugs so much but, thank goodness for Facetime!!SmileSmileSmile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2020 12:48PM
Very moving... Well seen John...
5 Apr 2020 9:15PM
Bless them John, so sad..Lin

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