A (comparatively speaking) busy day here today. An optician appointment that should have taken place early in lockdown but didn’t, rebooked due to some slightly odd visual issues (thankfully all fine). Family zoom call to celebrate a certain birthday. Emails to friends replying to lovely messages I’ve received. Finally some planting out on the allotment. Cooking. Baking. Making face coverings (at last). Starting another birthday present (one that needs to be in the post on Friday, so some urgency there).
We keep ourselves occupied and mostly happily so.
Oldest son had a genuinely busy work day – 4 zoom meetings each 1-2 hours long, including an art class. Evidently there’s busy and there’s ‘busy’. Mine was just ‘busy’.
Messages, phone calls and emails from friends and family bring home to us what tough challenges many are facing – some would have been there in normal times, but now with an added layer of complication and awfulness. The friend whose mother is dying (not of C-19) but has limited medical and care support. The couples separated due to other responsibilities. Those forced to live together through circumstances not choice and having to share each other’s vulnerabilities. The friends recovering very slowly from C-19, with repeated relapses and prolonged symptoms. Those suddenly dealing with their entire income being removed yet still having to live, and fearing for their futures (or apparent lack of them). Those struggling with mental health and other issues without the profession support they need. Those living alone who are so very lonely and craving real life human company, especially a hug. How very important those hugs we gave and received without much thought before have now become in their absence.
I hope that you are coping ok with whatever challenges life has sent your way, and that you are able to safely stay home and stay safe.
See you tomorrow xx