Does this sound familiar? Verb 1. constrain - hold back cumber, encumber, restrain confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" bridle - put a bridle on; "bridle horses" curb - keep to the curb; "curb your dogs" clog - impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden; "horses were clogged until they were tamed" 2. constrain - restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations" tighten up, stiffen, tighten I am bridled by the isolation and social distancing rules. I am straining against the limits and confines of this house, this new routine, this spring of our disease and discontent. And yes, I am bored adjective fed up, tired, hacked (off) (U.S. slang), wearied, weary, pissed off (taboo slang), uninterested, sick and tired (informal), listless, browned-off (informal), brassed off (Brit. slang), ennuied I am getting very bored with this entire business. en·nui (ŏn-wē′, ŏn′wē) n. Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom Definitely there. ENNUI
Not accustomed to being told what I can and cannot do, I protest. Yes, I am an introvert. Lately, I am missing the few groups I do interact with. Journey Together In Stitches = JTIS = Crochet and knit group that meets at Convent of the Transfiguration on a monthly basis. Tuesday night prayer group at The Crossing. We pray on behalf of the Leadership, Missionaries, Ministry teams and leaders, events (all suspended for now). Currently we are meeting via Zoom and praying separately. Monday night small group is also meeting via Zoom. I find Zoom less than satisfactory, but beats not seeing each other at all. And then there is church. Our congregation had a Thursday service and two on Sunday. Now we have one on YouTube with worship team and Pastor. It too is better than nothing, but even I am tired of it.
This introvert needs to mix and mingle.
Is anyone else out there tired of this isolation? It seems that for senior citizens like me this could go on for a long. long time. They are saying life as we knew it (read “as we took it for granted”) may never return. Our theater tickets are canceled. Our trip to the North Georgia mountains to seek wildflowers is canceled. Unlikely we will get to go to the beach with Grandgirls and their parents this year. Our oldest Grangirl has her graduation postponed until sometime in August, possibly held on football field. That is risky if you know weather in Southern Ohio in August!
So Bob just went for a drive by himself. Wonder if this is what he is doing in his car right now??
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Oh Bob, I know you don’t want to admit it, but I can see you rocking out like that. I’m just not sure what song you would pick?
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Most delightful and insightful. No, I wasn’t adding karaoke to my repertoire…just fighting ennui a bit by seeing some new places. Maybe we should buck the system, get dangerous, and maybe look in a store window!
Or wear masks and go inside?