The good news:
- Lots of small children now have Mummy and Daddy at home with them all day.
- AND, lots of Mummies and Daddies have all day every day to play with their children – only interrupted by the need to get some work done. (Ha!)
- Families have the chance to play together for seven days of the week.
- Dogs are getting lots of walks.
- Petrol is cheaper. (Or it should be). Except we’re not buying as we’re not going anywhere!
- We are buying what we NEED and not what we WANT.
- We are saving plastic bags.
- We are cooking more at home.
- We are using every speck of every piece of fruit and every vegetable…there is less rubbish.
(When I say ‘we’ I am assuming that ‘we’ are all doing the right thing!)
- Home haircuts are free.
- Kindness is showing in several ways.
- No matter what we think about how our government has coped (or not), many people are being looked after in one way or another.
- The roads are quieter.
- Air pollution is much lower in most urban areas.
- Beijing has blue sky – and there have been reports of birds in the Beijing sky.
BUT, some not-so-good news:
- Even in Australia we don’t seem to have enough respirators.
- So many businesses have had to close.
- We are not always remembering how privileged we are to be living in a first world country.
- WE can self-isolate – some people can’t.
- WE can stay two metres apart from all others - some people can’t.
- WE can be a ‘prisoner’ in our own comfortable home – some people don’t have a home at all.
- WE can go out to replenish food supplies, as long as we are careful about our own well-being. This is often not the case for people in many third world countries.
I keep saying that I won’t go out to shop anymore. It’s not worth the risk.
BUT yesterday morning I donned a pair of disposable gloves and braved the fruit market just after 7am. There was hardly anyone there. I grabbed a trolley and piled in fruit and vegetables. Picking up a rockmelon (remember, they’re no longer ‘cantaloupes’?) one finger of a rubber glove was torn. Luckily, I had made doubly sure of safety and anointed my hands with sanitiser as well as wearing gloves!
Despite the higher than normal prices, I managed to buy a decent amount of fresh food for just over $50.
Home before 8am.
These are strange times indeed.
We must keep ‘doing the right thing’. Somewhere there is a tiny light at the end of this long and gloomy tunnel and, hopefully, when we reach it, we will all have a new appreciation of what is important.
Have I mentioned before that, even before COVID-19, I would never, ever, have gone on one of those horrendous cruise ships?
Keep safe. Keep well. Wash your hands.