Saw an article the other day about how covid has ruined friendships and divided families. I kind of got it ... but not until I had to explain why we wouldn't be joining the large family Christmas morning gathering did it _really_ resonate with me.
I hate 2020.
Explaining to family members literally crying in anguish as they can't understand why I'm skipping a family event for the first time ... ever ... is mentally and emotionally draining.
"Please just trust me right now. I need for you to trust that I'm doing this for the right reasons."
Deaf ears. Constant tears.
I hate 2020.
@ericmann I totally hear you there. My family, at least my parents, were understanding but my in-laws weren't very happy. I've also had guys that I've hung out and played boardgames with like monthly basically scoffing at everything COVID and have been frustrated. I'm hoping that I'll be able to put all of this behind me at some point and I can hang out with people again.
@timnolte I'd invited some family (who can stay home and properly quarantine) into our bubble for Thanksgiving. It went well. Did the same for Christmas and they adamantly refused. Because they wanted family members who still go into work daily to come as well.
I told them no because they're not quarantined (not their fault, just reality) and the whole family is mad at me for "punishing them."
I look forward to a couple of years distance from this when we can all have perspective.
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