What has changed in your world…?
Train-rides! And those silly tubs of coffee and fancy biscuits you have along the way.
Friends hanging out in cafés, nattering.
The ability to earn a living!
The events and courses now marked only by cancellation notices in my inbox.
Toilet roll, flour and pasta.
Walking in the nearly empty streets, if someone should happen to come along the pavement the other way, we diffidently cross the road, or courteously circle around each other, looking at our feet and not breathing. Funny, because it’s almost exactly what we used to do when worrying people came the other way on a late night walk home, but now it’s conspiratorial and co-operative rather than a desperate attempt to be invisible.
The clean, blue and white sky, not so dragged about by aeroplane trails.
Roads being easier to cross because of reduced traffic.
Using the time that used to be given to pubs and cafés to do all those jobs that have been nagging the back of my over-loaded brain for years, and finding out that most of them are quite fun.
Having himself here to complain to and mess about with while we wonder what’ll happen next. (Knowing that some people are home alone, it’s great that we have this here internet to write on, to read, to chat to each other and keep the news and the politics going around.)
Most of all I love
The way so many people immediately wanted to know what they could do to help, and joined in local plans to look out for others. The way, once we realised being careless might hurt others, most people stepped up their efforts to avoid spreading the virus.
The way we are beginning to talk about what we have learned – that when enough people recognise a need, we really can stop everything and change the way the world works. Let’s not just talk about the virus on social media. Let’s talk about everything, to be sociable and – if we can’t get rid of Mr Johnson and Mr Cummings, we’re going to have to change the world in spite of them, so let’s get on with planning it.
If you comment on this post, please tell me what’s changed in your world – and what’s changed in your thinking as a result.