2020 – A strange one
I’m not going into the details of COVID and what it meant for the world. It saddens me that so many people have lost their lives and how many families have been deeply affected by it. The message is quite simple. Stay at home and wash your hands regularly. If you do have to go out, wear a mask, and wash your hands! Even the most unintelligent buffoons found it hard to ignore that message, yet still, they walk among us ignoring the advice.
Back in March 2020 , when the news of a lockdown first seemed likely I was at Mums, dropping off a Mothers Day gift. Not knowing that things were about to change for everybody! I didn’t see my Mum in person after that until June. March-June was weird, upsetting and very stressful! Home schooling, reams and reams of paper being printed for schoolwork, nobody knew what they were doing, but we were doing it. The main portion of the UK were staying at home, gardening, and generally coping, and let us be honest whilst the panic buying was extremely annoying… it was a bit exciting, trying to make a meal out of whatever you could find. I certainly cut down on the old ‘carbs’ (there wasn’t any pasta or bread around). People walked more, found themselves exploring the streets around where they live, stopping and talking to the local community ‘Hello, how are you?’ ‘Oh, hello again, lovely day for it’ ‘I’m just glad that we’re not in Winter, it would be 10x worse wouldn’t it’. Worry of people losing their jobs was high, and the word Furlough emerged. A word that is so common now, but completely unheard of before.
June brought with it hope, hope of a normal Summer, meeting with friends outdoors and the school summer holidays upon us! No more home schooling, surely!? Everybody trudged on, and even started to plan things. On a personal note, I fell out with my Dad in June, he’s a difficult man, and that’s a whole new blog post. One that I will write soon.
The Summer holidays came and went and even though most people didn’t travel far for a break, I’d say it was a success. Trying to keep our spirits up for ourselves, our children, parents and our friends was testing, but I think most people remained hopeful. I (as well as most parents) was nervous about what September might look like for my children, and whether schools would be open.
You could hear the relief resonating through the messages off friends ‘So glad the children can go to school’ ‘Teachers are my heroes, they have my full sympathy’ ‘Thank God they are going back’. I must admit, I was relieved too, my Son and Daughter had been cooped up with me since March, and other than a few occasions, we only had each other for company. It was the start of high school for my Son, he and I were understandably nervous, but with the staggered start, and the year/class bubbles, it meant the fear of being the younger one wasn’t really there, the new Year 7’s have been lucky in that respect. So, both children back in school, and luck was on our side as there wasn’t any covid cases in their classes, so they managed to hang on by their fingernails till Xmas. I even managed to get some work done! I have to say, my employer is fantastic and supportive. I’m so grateful to be working with them.
I’ll skip past Xmas, because honestly it was a bit sad, I still wasn’t talking to my Dad, which meant, despite my parents being in my support bubble, and us seeing my Mum every week, all of us sitting together around the kitchen table was not going to happen. Still, I think the children had a nice time, and that’s all that matters to me.
So a new year, 2021. I haven’t heard many people say that they have a news years resolution this time, there are no gyms open to join. Dry January seemed pointless to most, but I did it. I feel great when I take part and I also stop eating meat in January too, so it feels like a detox, and a great way to start the year.
In January when schools were due to reopen, we were told that Secondary Schools in England would need 2 weeks to prepare for Lateral Flow testing on site, and that meant my Son would only go back on the 18th. This wasn’t so bad. One child at home is easier than 2 when working full time, especially when they have live lessons. My Daughter wasn’t too happy knowing that she would be in school whilst her brother was at home, but it was only for 2 weeks… Wrong, it was for 1 day. After just one day in school, it was announced that all schools would be closing, and moving to remote learning. No time to prepare anything. It was hard on parents, and teachers. Here we are, still home schooling, still coping. We’re a resilient bunch, aren’t we?
There might be times when we struggle, there might be times when we think we can’t cope. We are all suffering in one way or another. It’s tough, really tough.
There are still unintelligent buffoons, preaching about conspiracy theories, having friends’ round, going to parties and raves. Just stop it. You are endangering us all.
We just need to stay strong and hopeful, better times are on their way.
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