84 Days since I left my home. I have been nowhere but the garden. Life is strange. I think I passed my cabin fever stage and now I’m settled again. I have to be because no-one else is.
All I can see is people carrying on life as before, shopping, meeting up with friends, I’ve even heard a few parties going on. The pubs and restaurants are not open yet, but if there is a second wave of COVID19 then I’m thinking it won’t be long. The schools are open, but only for a few students. Star could have gone back next week, but it’s not going to happen. It’s too much of a risk for us.
What I don’t understand is why this is happening? The virus hasn’t gone away. We are now over 40,000 deaths to COVID19. That’s 40,000 more lives lost than normal. I don’t care whether people shout, it wasn’t COVID they died because they were sick. The simple fact is that there are 40,000 MORE deaths. Maybe COVID wasn’t the main cause, but you can’t ignore that figure.
This has been a crazy week. Not only have we children going back to school in a way that must be so alien to them, and people returning to work all masked up. We also have demonstrations and rioting because of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Police Brutality in the U.S. It’s been reflected world wide because black people have had enough of being treated differently. Their life matters just as much as anyone else’s.
I have found that, although I am not prejudiced to any race or creed, I do not know a lot about the struggles of black lives. I need to learn more so I can pass it on to my children. One day I hope there will be a time when no-one is treated differently because of the colour of their skin. We can do our part by learning as much as possible and then teaching our children. There will always be some repression, some will find it difficult to be accepting. Many will argue and fight against it. But the truth is, Black lives Matter!
The sad thing is that this has come at the wrong time. While the COVID virus rages, people are gathering to have their voices heard in such huge numbers. I really hope they can get their message across without giving the virus a platform to spread even further.
Life at Home
We’ve had our own drama here with Graham severing a tendon in his hand by trying to fix my washing machine. He is now having physio therapy to try and get the thumb moving again. Fingers crossed it will heal properly (thankfully, he can still cross his fingers too.) You can read more about Graham’s hand and other life issues here.
I bought some new garden furniture to make sitting outside more cosy. Two armchairs, a sofa and a coffee table. There was a part missing from the sofa so we can’t use it, just our luck. The company said we could send it all back for a refund or wait until they can get the part back in stock which could take a month or so. We decided to keep the chairs as they really are comfy. The girls went outside for the first time in days and even had their dinner out there. The next day it rained and it hasn’t stopped.
When Graham went to the hospital to have his operation he needed someone to pick him up, so I asked my brother. This gave us the chance to see him. We sat in the garden (Before the rain arrived.) It was the first time I’ve seen anyone outside of my immediate family since I decided to stay home. I missed my cousins funeral last week, but there were only six people allowed to go anyway. We are going to celebrate his life later, when it’s safer.
That’s about it for this week, just when you think things couldn’t get any crazier it really does. I wish I could just hide under my duvet, eat junk and binge watch television…but I still have to be teacher for a few more weeks..and well there are books to read and crochet to make.
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We have seen my dad and my teens girlfriend has been for a visit but that’s as normal as our life is getting for now. We won’t be rushing out when the shops open or to the pub. You are right. The virus is still out there and I am sitting here waiting for the 2nd wave.
My youngest has been learning about Black history and what’s going on in America for her home school work.
So sorry about your cousin. Funerals are bad in normal times but only having 6 people there must be truly awful. x
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I think it’s best to veer on the safe side for now. As much as I’d like to be getting back to normal. It looks like they are stopping the return to school now. I think we can happily wait until September. x