Antony Cauvin is clearly the favorite grandkid.
When the 29-year-old from the UK couldn’t stand missing hugs from his grandmother Lily any longer, he invented a clever apparatus to allow him to embrace his beloved relative without risking her catching the coronavirus.
“I’ve always been very close to my grandparents. I see them as second parents,” Cauvin told Sky News. “Not being able to see them has been tough. [It’s] tougher for them than it is for us, even, because Grannan is a very affectionate person. You feel you haven’t seen them, because you haven’t had that cuddle.”
The “cuddle curtain” is constructed of a transparent shower curtain liner that has been fashioned with two plastic sleeves and mitts on both sides, allowing the individuals to hug each other safely. The sheath hangs from a wooden crossbar, placed outside in Lily’s garden.
“We giggled about it, but thought, ‘This could actually work,’ ” he said.
Cauvin’s wife, Miriam, captured their first hug since social-distancing restrictions were ordered in the UK, and posted the emotional video to Facebook on Friday. Since then, 4.3 million have watched.
Viewers called the contraption “sweet” and “a wonderful way to have a hug” during a pandemic.
“Brought a tear to my eyes,” wrote one Facebook user.
Cauvin added that they are sure to disinfect the curtain on each side after use to protect the next hugger from germs left by prior hugs. They also wear an extra pair of gloves over their hands for added safety.
“When you’ve known someone all your life, to be able to hug that person again… it brought a tear to everybody’s eye,” said Cauvin, who promises “Grannan” was not harmed.
“I’m a believer in social distancing and don’t want to put anyone at risk,” he added.
The construction worker claimed that he’d “never invented anything” until now — though, other enterprising isolators have come up with similar contraptions, like a teacher from Indiana who fashioned a plastic curtain at her doorway so she could hug her students.
Others have had to make do with a distant “air hug,” even on birthdays.
Nevertheless, Cauvin is praying for a real-deal hug as soon as possible.
“Hopefully, if we find a vaccine for this horrible disease, it won’t have to last,” he said.