It’s a strange time folks, I’d ask you to come and take the load off…but it has to be virtual I’m afraid and maybe that’s what makes the weekend coffee share great in terms of social distancing.
The office has gradually wound down and yesterday was my first day of working from home for what could be 12 weeks. A crazy day with way to many phone calls and simultaneous instant message conversations popping up. I thought I’d get a minutes peace, and some solitude to think…..it just didn’t happen.
And for the boys, yesterday was the last day of school with their sports (football and water polo) being cancelled a few days earlier I’d be lying to say that the idea of Wi-Fi rationing hasn’t entered into my thinking. We’ve got a house meeting later on where we will try and find a way to work through this. An approach where they don’t turn into zombies and ourselves come out fighting.
Both my wife and I have elderly relatives and the prospect of the next 12 weeks in isolation just doesn’t compute. My father in-law lives for travel and the church. It’s been knocked on the head. My mum lives in the lake district and I’m due a visit, I’m too scared now for fear of passing something on.
As an example of this crazy time and the fact the supermarkets have no toilet roll left I’ve just received a phone call to say my first pair of reading glasses are in, but they are cancelling the fitting appointment to avoid any contact. They will post them out to me which on the bright side has saved me a trip into town now that I’m working from home.
On the opposite side of my thinking I’d love to come out of this fitter and healthier mind wise than going in. There’s a calm about the city, it’s surreal at the same time thought provoking and scary. Ultimately, officially we’ve been told to chill. Routine will be different and the idea of rushing, getting to work, getting to school and getting to clubs has been knocked on the head. At the same time no socialising or gatherings, no pubs, no cafes and no cinema. My thoughts are with the folks who rely on this economy to pay the bills and my lack of a glasses fitting is a tiny misdemeanour in the grand scheme of what’s going on in the world….perspective.
Not totally in lock down compared to some places around the world we’ve managed to get out and intend to keep doing so as long as we can, obviously keeping our distance from anyone else doing the same. Just for health of the mind. We now have a circuit that takes us up and over Arthur’s seat about 5 mile in total door to door. The fresh air and the taste of spring is welcome as we head into this storm.
Where ever you are I hope you are safe and staying well and thank you for joining me for coffee.
The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Eclectic Alli that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.