Monday, 19th April 2021

How to tell your friend you're leaving their bubble

HAVE you formed a bubble with a friend but now want to switch bubbles to a different, better friend? Break the news gently: 

It’s not you, it’s your household

Explain that you absolutely love your friend and have complete trust in their Covid risk level, but sadly you can’t say the same for their household. Blame a Daily Mail-reading parent, a housemate who follows Piers Corbyn on Twitter, or if all else fails, their cat.

No bubble lasts forever

Bubbles are brief, ephemeral things, and while you’ll always treasure your time in a shared bubble it must burst and a new bubble must form. It’s nature’s way and there’s no sense trying to fight it.

This bubble’s suffocating me

We entered this bubble so quickly and it’s got so stale in here it feels like neither of us can move anymore. We need some time out of the bubble to be sure that bubbling together is what we both really want.

There are so many other bubbles out there

It’s wrong to restrict ourselves to one bubble when there are so many beautiful, iridescent bubbles floating on the wind. We’ll probably both gain a lot from bubbling with other people just for a while, just to see what it’s like.

I’m definitely not joining another bubble straight away

No way. I wouldn’t disrespect the bubble we shared by doing that to you. So if it looks like I’m exercising in the park with someone else it’s just coincidence. Maintain social distancing and don’t come close enough to see who it is. I might have Covid.