Yesterday morning I went out onto the public pavement and was having a look at my hedge - I am arranging for someone to come and cut it back - there was nobody about because I looked first. After a while I heard 'Good morning' and a young man was stood on the pavement about five metres away. I did not know him.
'Ah, good morning', I exclaimed as I quickly rushed onto my garden path and headed for the front door.
Some time ago, I was in the front garden, on the path, well away from the public pavement, when I heard 'Good morning' and the postlady was stood stationary looking at me, having just entered the garden. I noticed the mask below her head, clearly ready to be used when necessary.
Now pre-pandemic in that situation the postlady would not have stopped, I would have walked towards her, said 'Good morning', she would hand me the mail, I would say 'Thank you', she would say 'Thank you' and then continue on her round.
On that occasion I sort of went 'Oh, good morning' and rushed into the house, shut the door and went through to the kitchen. I heard the mail drop through the letterbox.
I saw her later, from a distance, and waved and did a 'thumbs up' as a sort of 'Thank you for your consideration over social distancing' coupled with 'I am feeling a bit sheepish and silly for rushing off like that but this COVID-19 stuff has got me jumpy'.
The postlady has been very helpful over it all, a recorded delivery package was pre-pandemic go to the door and sign for it. When one arrived after lockdown, I opened an upstairs window, and the postlady proactively asked 'Shall I leave it on your doorstep and sign it for you?'. I replied 'Yes please, that is kind of you, thank you' and thus it has continued. No mention of pandemic or lockdown, just that we each knew why the system was changing.
So, after what happened yesterday, I am wondering if 'Good morning' has now acquired the additional meaning of 'I am politely drawing my presence here to your attention and politely stationary so that we may have mutual social distancing in these pandemic times'.
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