All lined up, we waited patiently to be called. In line we had muffled chats that we strained to hear.
As some of us had not seen each other for almost a year, we could not wait to chat, properly. We were made to sit a meter or so apart, whilst waiting after the test. How could we converse with our masks, masking our shrill voices?
Chairs had been arranged like a chess board with spaces between boxes. Our hidden smiles spewed into our eyes.
It felt like the first day of school, but this time we had been summoned for a different but important undertaking.
I met ‘strangers”, colleagues, for the first time, I’m sure they were smiling at me as I was too. Maybe our hand gestures would suffice.
We have a tradition of welcoming new friends to our international school community. It’s all different now, there are opportunities to meet online but it is no where near adequate.
One day… it’ll all be different.