#StaySafe Monday Coffee

Come and sit next to me in our Covid-free coffee house. I can reach over and give you a big hug because, in this world, we are away from the madness, away from the social distancing that has kept us imprisoned in our homes and away from the chaos of confusing instructions on what our future holds.

The news of a lift on lock down protocols has sent ripples through our world, no matter where we live. Some of us feel exasperated by the ridiculous conflicting messages of lifting a lock down when we have no cure in sight. But, on the flip side, others are questioning how we are going to keep eating, drinking and switching on the lights and heating in our caves if the economy dies? We could sit here and enjoy the chocolate cake and finger sandwiches, but even this won’t last if the world stops. First world problems compared to those living in developing countries I hear you say – or maybe not.

I was discussing this dilemma the other day. To say that we are a mixed bag of circumstances is not a strong enough statement to capture the worrying conditions of some families locked away in high rise buildings with only the graffiti on dirty walls to entertain children. The conclusion I reached was: humans will always find a way. We are the cockroaches of the earth. Bickering, name calling, finger pointing and wearing impassioned charitable cloaks to cover our self-serving natures are all part and parcel of our nature. But so is our adaptability and enduring natures. What we need is a common enemy – something or someone that will force nations to break down their feeble fences and hold hands with neighbours to battle for our freedom and survival. Will this current destructive force be enough to evolve our muted minds and make us move towards a more cohesive future with our environment? I don’t know. History votes against us. Will our current invisible enemy win? That depends on our attitudes towards authority, their guidance and whether or not we follow it without question.

Last week, during our pregnant pause awaiting the delivery of the newly born protocols on  lock down, I noticed a rise in traffic outside my house. Cars and trucks trundled past every few minutes. Residents filled the pavements leading to the forest down the road, chatting and laughing under the warm spring sun. A gentle breeze carried conversations about coping with isolation and home schooling. Joggers took to the street, sparing irritated glances at the congregated socialites littering their paths. People forgot just how dangerous it is to travel around, to meet up with each other and to socialise in close proximity.  Their lulled sense of security made me think of the invisible enemy watching them, following them back into their lives, their homes. We won’t see their mistake, not just yet. Give it a week, or two.

As we sip at our cups and wonder at mankind’s dilemma, let’s remember what the unlocking of restrictions without a cure or proper tests will release. Let’s think about the dying economy and families imprisoned in homes that can’t cope with unstable financial futures. Let’s sit here knowing that there will be no sirens to announce the tsunami of cases rising and approaching with speed in the coming weeks. Germany saw this rise  less than a week after they lifted their restrictions on lock down. Logically, this means the movement began once the whispers of change drifted on the media wind in the precluding weeks, just like my road told the tale of forgetfulness last week.

With all this in mind, I’d rather sit here, with you, sipping at my Darjeeling tea. What will you do? What choices do you have?

Stay well and stay safe. x

 

 

18 responses to “#StaySafe Monday Coffee

  1. We are living in such uncertain and scary times Eloise. I am trying to keep as busy as possible. I worry for the younger generation and this will impact them. Tough times, hope you are coping and thanks for the coffee catch up. x

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    • I’m glad you’re keeping busy. How are your girls coping?

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      • Hi Eloise, they are coping pretty well. Gina is missing her boyfriend and friends and Tasha her friends too. But we’ve been doing lots of things to try to life our morale. So, all in all they are doing fine. thanks so much for asking. And your family?

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      • That’s good to hear. I know how hard it can be for them not to be able to socialise. My children are good thanks. The two younger ones are loving homeschooling, the food and free time between lessons, plus the fact that they don’t have to walk to school! My eldest is finishing off his last assignments for uni and missing his girlfriend. My second eldest is brushing up on her history and wishing she could go out and work. Thanks for asking Marje. 🌸

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      • Glad to hear that they are all doing ok. Gina also has university assignments to complete. That is helping keeping her busy. Tasha is keeping is fit with daily yoga or keep fit! Lol.

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      • Love it! I’ve ended up exercising on my own. Everyone seems to have their own schedule for exercising in our house.

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  2. Thanks for the virtual coffee. I have very mixed feelings about it all. I’m not sure about there, but here it is far too early to open up, yet we are. At the same time, over the last couple of weeks they shut down the trailheads to some of the best hiking around here. Odd – the chances of spreading the virus while hiking are zero. Yes, people congregating in the parking lot (car park 😉 ) can be risky, but if people are careful, the chances of spreading it are still close to zero.

    Anyway, I hope you are doing well in these uncertain times with that uncertain economy.

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    • It is pretty confusing why they would close trails but leave other spaces open for social meet ups. I feel we are damned if we do or don’t. As long as we do not have a cure, sooner or later, this virus will get us.

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      • It is really odd what they close (the trail were just closed in the last week!) and what they decided to open, or have stayed open. Yeah, until there is vaccine, most will get it…

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  3. A lock down the economy could never be sustained long term. The intention was to buy time so that governments can ready themselves for what is coming. You can’t chose between economic health and individual’s health, unfortunately, as you can’t have one without the other. Without people earning incomes and paying taxes, there is no food in the shops and no taxes. Governments can’t pay benefits and pensions without taxes so we have to have economic health to pay for our individual health.

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    • Absolutely. But, no matter what the government chooses to do, people will suffer and die. Whether they keep people at home to reduce risk of the virus spreading or send them back to work to keep the economy going, it doesn’t negate the threat of the virus. Until we find a cure, we will all inevitably contract Covid. The question is, what is an acceptable number of collateral deaths for either decision?

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  4. A troublesome conundrum, Eloise. Unfortunately opening the economy will cost lives. I think it is up to the individual to determine measures to take to protect one’s own health.

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  5. Fortunately, here in Wales (and Scotland and N.Ireland) we’re still in complete lockdown and keeping the slogan ‘Stay At Home’, Eloise. However, I know that a lot of people living along the border with England are worried that as from tomorrow when people in England can travel anywhere to go to beauty spots and beaches, there will be an increase of traffic, people and the virus coming into Wales.
    Personally, I think Mr Johnson has jumped the gun (so to speak) and is putting the economy before people’s lives. If he’d waited another three weeks, he’d have had lots more information and advice to hand to see if the end of May was the right time to ease the lockdown.
    I feel for those who think they are being pushed to go back to work on overcrowded public transport where the chance of coming into contact with somebody who is infected is greatly increased. It does make sense that you can go to an office and see work colleagues when you can’t go to a member of your families house to see them.
    We will certainly be staying at home and only going out for vital supplies or for one short walk a day. The front door of our house is the biggest protection we have against this killer virus.
    Take care, and stay safe.

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    • I totally agree. The example of Germany’s numbers is worrying. We too are staying put. I cannot risk my family when no one is sure what the future holds. I’m glad to hear you are staying safe too. Keep well and thank you for stopping by to have a coffee with me. 🌸

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