About a year ago the word lockdown was not much used, no one was clear on how to socially distance and it is a verb or a noun or an adjective? It turns out to be all three. We were concerned it would seem rude to step back from people, until we flipped that on its head and realised, we were keeping others safe by doing so, so terribly British to be afraid to offence mid-pandemic.
I think that lockdown (should it be Lockdown?) is different depending who you are, where you are and who you are with.
For me, I spend every day at home. I try to learn something new and I talk and talk and talk, a lot! (Which is actually a quote from my dad’s father of the bride speech!) On the phone, to my husband, even the poor dog when I think about it. But it is what keep me sane.
People gasp at how clever, through Skype etc, my dog is and how he understands everything I say to him. I inwardly blush when I think about how I chatter to him all day every day and so with all this practice, he understands me seemingly without effort.
Lockdown means not meeting my friends, but it also means spending family time at home. It means not meeting my mum for coffee and chitchat, but it means buying a new bean to cup coffee machine that rocks. It means not knowing about the future, but it means I know what I will do today. We can take happiness from the different world that we now live in. I can guarantee you the outside world will be waiting for us when we are able and ready.
Until then, we are, all of us, not just me and not just you, we are all in a tunnel, waiting for the green light to turn to go and let us come out into the daylight.
And when that day comes, we will be ready.
Much love, from Scotland.
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