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Friendships interrupted: how the pandemic takes away the whispers of childhood

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Friendships interrupted: how the pandemic takes away the whispers of childhood Friendships interrupted: how the pandemic takes away the whispers of childhood

Friendships interrupted: how the pandemic takes away the whispers of childhood






My childhood friend, Ursula, and I are skipping down the driveway, our matching sets of braids streaming out behind us. We are seven years old and have no idea we are being photographed. Even from behind, you can tell that we are deep in conversation, our heads tilted towards each other, the intimacy of our friendship captured in a single, slightly blurry snap of the camera.

My childhood memories are delicately woven with little girl whispers: secrets murmured into newly pierced ears. Sleepovers peppered with fabricated terrors and an excuse to cling to each other and shriek beneath the covers, before erupting in giggles. ?Friendship pins? made from safety pins threaded with tiny beads, traded and fastened to our dirty sneakers. These were the important rituals of childhood?of girlhood?shared with only my best and most trusted friend. What happens to the whispers when a microscopic virus pushes them to the margins" Can secrets flourish when they are socially distanced"
The pandemic silences the whispers; stifles the giggles.
Now there is another photo, this time of my daughter, also seven years old, standing at the top of a tall climbing structure. She scans the empty playground like a sentry keeping watch, a spouse pacing atop a widow?s walk. She seeks a friend, hopefully one of her trusted girlfriends, though any friend will do. Her eyes, peeking over her face mask, are wide, expectant.
When a friend does arrive, shouting an excited greeting from 40 feet away,...
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