Well hi, long time, no write. And I’ve missed you too. And yes I’ve done a bit of walking and some writing though not half so much as I might have. I’m holding back on the shoulds, for now.
Now seems a good enough time as any to resume the blog. I stopped and then didn’t know how to start again. Like contacting an old friend – a ‘have I left this too long?’ feeling. But actually I’m always pleased to hear from old friends, so fingers crossed you ll like hearing from me.
One reason I haven’t written is that my life is sooo ordinary and no-one really wants to hear about that do they? But now we are all in the same dull boat so to speak (thank you Covid19) the playing field is pretty much levelled. So here I go.
How is this whole thing affecting you? Rhetorical question. Though you can answer it if. you like. For me not much has changed. I live in a rural setting and see very few people anyway. I do my shopping online and dislike crowds. But I do miss:
- Seeing and hugging my grandchildren. I miss their chirpy little voices and Jacob holding out his arms for a love and a carry.
- Having swimming lessons. I began learning proper front crawl in September and was making decent progress. I felt like a fat old numpty but I enjoyed it.
- Planning and doing ‘practice walks’ with friends: they don’t have to be new and fascinating walks , in fact I liked familiar walks better because you don’t have to consult the map so often and, in the same way you don’t step into the same river twice, every time you walk through a wood it’s different.
- Eating out. Not that I’m a fine diner, but I enjoy being cooked for and the tenor of conversation is different even in a modest coffee shop.
And planning. I had three holidays planned for this year all in the UK, two have been cancelled. The other in the summer we just don’t know, do we? But half the fun of a holiday for me is the planning.
First world problems. And I’m grateful that so far this virus has not directly hit my family and friends and the price we are paying is relatively painless. I give thanks daily for my garden, that I have plants to tend, enough to eat and interesting tasty food. I am thankful for the internet that so much information and entertainment is available to me. For all the humour and silliness and generosity of spirit so many people are showing. And while I don’t claim to be a great or even a good writer, maybe we can distract ourselves for a while from the humdrum or sometimes tragic reality we face. I’m loving the silly youtube/insta posts best.