“Not everyone is meant to be a people person. In fact, being social is downright exhausting.” – Andrea Romano
England – Lockdown and me – Part One
Gerry talks about the relaxing of some of the lockdown rules such as the stores re-opening and, he asks what it’s like in the areas where we live.
Unfortunately, I can’t comment on what it’s like in my neck of the woods because despite some easing of the rules, I haven’t been out since before lockdown began. However, I can talk about how the rules and the subsequent relaxing of them have affected me.
When the virus hit our shores, everyone’s lives we’re turned Inside Out and Upside Down, but strangely, I took to self-isolation like a duck to water, in fact, I cut off from the outside world before we were asked to do so. Not going out hasn’t bothered me in the slightest, in some ways it felt as though a weight had been lifted, because no one has expected anything from me.
Occasionally, I yearn for the pleasure of eating a restaurant meal, especially Sunday lunch, but that soon passes.
I don’t miss the stores, and I definitely don’t miss the supermarket. On the plus side, I’ve saved a heap of money by not going out!
I’ve missed my girls and their casual way of dropping in, and I’ve missed seeing the little ones playing games on my kitchen floor and creating their ‘works of art’ at the kitchen table. I’ve missed seeing the older grandsons and hearing about school and university. I’ve missed our family meals, and I’ve missed my son staying overnight, which is something he did most weekends.
The weekend before last, however, all that changed when the government suddenly announced that one person living alone could stay overnight in someone else’s home (England only).
Saturday morning bright and early at 09:00 AM, son Joss was at my door with his overnight bag and a couple of bottles of wine! The government said we could hug, but we thought that was an unwise move, and as hard as it was, we refrained from doing so, we also agreed to make an attempt at physical distancing.
We spent a pleasant Saturday creating teaching videos for online learning for the children in his class, and how lovely it was to feel involved.
On that warm Saturday evening, we enjoyed a Chinese Takeaway; sitting upstairs on the balcony we ate our supper and sipped our wine. Later we watched a whodunit. Such simple pleasures, but what a joy it was to have someone to share them with.
Editorial Comment: This post is a copy of the first section of the previously missing post. Part Two will be published tomorrow.
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