“You don’t have to do everything alone, you know. Have some trust in the people around you that they can help you.” (Boss, Game Changer Series https://deboraharmstrong.ca/boss/
When I wrote this scene, I referenced the heroine’s determination to handle her troubles by herself even though she had a friend offering to lighten the burden. She is stubborn and used to dealing with her problems alone.
Reading this excerpt, I think of the last year and how we have had to figure out how to survive various lockdowns. We’ve kept our distance from friends and family. Our shopping habits and our workout habits have changed. Our lives have changed. And, through all of this, have we carried the burden alone, or have we asked a friend for help? Sometimes, all it takes is a phone call or text, “Hey, I’m feeling low, care to send me something funny? Or, How are you? Do you have time for a Zoom call and coffee?
I know of friends who are hitting the wall; the isolation and distancing are too much. Plans for holidays and special celebrations keep getting delayed. They ache, in need of a physical hug from a friend or loved one. Virtual hugs have lost their power, and all we can offer is an ear to listen and a heart to care until we can give a physical hug and a helping hand to let them know they aren’t alone.
I consider myself fortunate in that I’ve had my family close to me during the past year. We’re each other’s neighbours and we work together. Our quarantine bubble has never changed. When we have needed company we meet up at the farm, pour ourselves a coffee and go for a walk. We check on the cows, let the grandkids play in the feed and check out all of the tractors. Our conversation tries to stay light, but then it always winds its way back to COVID-19 numbers, safety protocols, and what’s going to happen next. There’s no escaping what’s happening around us. However, we can make it easier by sharing our concerns. It’s comforting knowing that we don’t have to do everything alone. And it’s a blessing that we are going through this time together.
How are you?
How have you been managing? Do you have your family with you or a list of friends and family you can contact anytime you need an emotional lift? Where I live, as of today, 29 percent of the population has received the first vaccination. We are hopeful that everyone will be fully vaccinated by the end of the summer. We are all looking forward to the day when we can give hugs and kisses to all of our loved ones, and no one feels alone.
Deborah Armstrong is an expert in writing engaging and scintillating romance. For example, in the Davina and Quinn Love series, Deborah Armstrong writes hot and spicy contemporary romance with a touch of country, inviting her readers to experience Hollywood, New York City, and her very own dairy farm in Canada. However, in the Gamechanger series, Deborah uses the foothills of Alberta as her setting for her sensual romances. Deborah Armstrong’s books are for you if you love passion, drama, and suspense in your romance stories.
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