We are slowly realizing that we are not the only ones. Being in the cocoon – socially withdrawing because of the Covid-19 virus – gives one a blinkered view of the world and of what others are doing. We had begun to wonder if we were the only ones who have continued to remain apart as much as possible even though some of the restrictions on movement and assembling had been relaxed by the government. It seems we are not!
A few chance telephone conversations during the week were from people who have continued as we have: staying at home as much as possible; avoiding all unnecessary social contact; wearing masks when out and especially if it is necessary to go to a shop and generally continuing to feel uneasy, nervous, about the whole situation; feeling that it has not passed; that the danger is still with us and that it is wise to continue to be careful.
We also shared the feelings of gratitude that we had gardens where we could occupy ourselves in these days, something which is a great relief to the tedium of being apart from others and a wonderful way to pass the time.
We also shared the feeling that we felt, even feared a little, that we were being or would be considered nutcases, foolish people too timid and nervous to move along with the rest of society. However, we all felt we had justifiable reasons to be careful to avoid contact with this virus, that we were of a group who ought to be more careful than the less vulnerable and that it would be best for us to continue as we have being doing.
I say, “Nutcases of the world, unite!”
This is the way we are because this is the way we feel.
And now, a few garden photographs to brighten the day – for it is a cloudy, misty and miserable day here in Waterford but it was hugely brightened by a video sent by my daughter-in-law this morning of our granddaughter playing peek-a-boo with a tea towel. Simple and wonderful happiness!