Leaning From a Distance

There’s something special about being taken care of by the people you love, especially when you need them to the most. I’m not the kind of person that leans on people often, as I’m usually the kind of person to be leaned on.

B texted me to send him a list- a detailed list, since I wouldn’t be able to leave the house any time soon. As a teacher, I make so many decisions what seems like by the minute. So I tend to push off little things on him. But what I NEEDED, he wasn’t taking lightly. He requested a screen shot of a list in Notes.

I didn’t think making said list would also take me down memory lane. Anytime we were sick as kids, my dad would take us to the grocery store for routine items. I have such a vivid memory of these trips, that it felt like I was grabbing each item as I typed them into my list.

Gatorade (now Powerade Zero as an adult) ✓

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup (homestyle is best) ✓

Saltine Crackers ✓

Ginger Ale ✓

Italian Ice ✓

Cough Drops- strawberry Halls ✓

Black teabags (Roses, like my Nana always got) ✓

“Easy peasy” B replied immediately.

A few hours later, I watched him through the window as he came to our front door holding bags full of what I asked for and more. I waved and he smiled. My urge to go help him bring in bags or at the very least, hold them door open. I wished I could hug him and thank him for how truly appreciative I was of him. Instead, feeling cared for and thanking him with my words would have to be enough.

Right now, I’m leaning on people from a distance… literally. While it’s uncomfortable for me, I’m going to do my best to embrace the love when I need it the most.

Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. It is fun to read your list of what you need when you’re sick–where it overlaps and diverges from mine. Isn’t it funny how connected it is to childhood? That image of leaning on people from a distance is really powerful. I’m glad to have read your later posts to know that you’re feeling better by now!


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