It’s been a long, tough year dealing with the weight of the pandemic. Even with the vaccines, it can be difficult for many of us to imagine life really returning to normal. For one grandma, a sweet note from her doctor finally gave her the medicine she really needed: a hug from her granddaughter.
Like many grandparents across the country, Evelyn Shaw spent the last year without any physical contact from her children or grandchildren. But even after getting both of her Covid-19 vaccine doses and waiting two weeks to make sure she had built up immunity, she was still hesitant to even be in the same room with her (also vaccinated) granddaughter, Ateret Frank.
Shaw told CNN, “I was not going to let her into my apartment because I was stuck in Covid-land.” Her daughter, Jessica Shaw, host of EW Live on Sirius XM, explained to Romper that her widowed mother had spent the last year living alone “with a constant loop in her head of terror all the time.”
Thankfully, Shaw’s doctor provided a “prescription” — which she wrote out on an actual piece of paper from her prescription pad — that simply said, “You are allowed to hug your granddaughter.” After reading it, Shaw was able to find the courage to let Frank inside — and finally get a hug for the first time in a year.
Take a look at the note and the heartwarming moment below:
Anyone else need a tissue right about now? Shaw described the hug to CNN: “It was blissful, it was wonderful, and it was something that I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”
She also went on to say how thankful she is to her doctor. “She knew… That I was going to have a hard time transitioning from Covid-land, the fear that we all live in, to a better place — to hope and possibilities and more hugs and kisses.”
We are sure Shaw isn’t the only one struggling to adjust to a post-vaccine mindset after spending such a long time filled with constant worry — but we hope more and more people will soon have the same sweet relief she felt with our their own family members, too.