Taking it slow has a whole new meaning during a pandemic.
In the time before COVID-19, putting on the brakes meant halting the physical stuff while you got the measure of someone. Maybe you’d kiss after that first date and leave it at that. Maybe you’d wait.
For me, that desire to take my foot off the accelerator usually came when I had an inkling that I quite liked a person. That, of course, was accompanied by a faint glimmer of hope that this person could turn into someone important to me.
In the words of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, everything has changed. The proverbial dating rule book is out of the window and most of us are now just making it up as we go along. Some couples are falling in love in lockdown without seeing each other in person. Some made the bold move to move in together at the start of the pandemic. And others are forming “support bubbles” with newfound loves. …
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