9 Responses to “Disappearing”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Sounds like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode I know of. One girl felt so invisible and ignored, she literally disappeared! Luckily, I don’t think you’re going through that. Your town isn’t sitting on top of a center of mystical energies and doorways to alternate dimensions.
    Unless it is…

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    What you say, touches a nerve with me. I think all this isolation is making lots of us feel as if we are disappearing. I never realized before how important periodic face-to-face contact is in maintaining friendships of even the longest term. I think most men are uncomfortable with talking on the phone with their male friends for more than a minute or two (we hate phones that much), so as a consequence of the government-imposed isolation we are living with right now, old friends are slowly drifting away. I’m sure that the friendships will quickly be rekindled when, or if, this ever ends, but it makes me feel sad that it’s happening. And it doesn’t help that two of my chattiest friends have died of COVID-19 now.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      None of this helps us maintain any sense of self or friendship or community. I am so sorry about your friends. Until now, I haven’t know anyone who knew anyone who died of this virus, so it’s been easy for me to discount a lot of the hype. But I still isolate myself, not just because of this, but because we are nearing cold and flu season. (Come to think of it, during this time of isolation, I haven’t had a single cold.)

  3. kcoffman Says:

    This might seem weird, but when I retire in 2024, I’m thinking of going back to a land line and not using a mobile phone at all. I suppose, to my friends and family, that will be like a David Copperfield disappearing act.

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