Dear Regular Readers (and those not so regular),
I hope this edition of our weekly newsletter finds you in good health and even better spirits.
Keeping one’s chin up at times like the present is not easy, but at the end of the day we are human beings and without adversity, sometimes the more extreme the better, where would most of us all be? Basically, nowhere. We will all get through the terrible times that are now upon us, but to do so we all just have to stick together and continue to behave ourselves in terms of wearing masks, washing hands, using hand sanitizer and following the social distancing rules that apply to wherever you happen to be living in the world.
Procrastinating is one of my few failings, I was expecting to regale you with the remaining part of my knee story, but what with one thing and another I’ve just not had the time to sit down and properly write something, so I’ll have to bring it to you next week. Instead, here are a few sentences that I decided to pen after watching people on BBC news lining up outside trading centers in the UK waiting to receive their Corona vaccinations. Until next week, remain safe in your respective surroundings and keep believing that the wheel will turn and it won’t be that much longer before we can get back to some sort of normalcy in our lives.
Waiting for my jab
Standing outside a big conference centre waiting for my jab.
I’m standing 6 foot away from the person in front and the same distance from the person behind me.
A few in the line are having conversations, short choppy ones at a distance, just idle banter really.
It’s cold and drizzling with rain and we’re all exposed to the elements.
I find it difficult to talk with a mask on, so at work I just keep my conversations simple and straight to the point.
If there’s something we should all learn from wearing masks is that they prevent most of us from talking too much about nothing.
After we have all been vaccinated perhaps the ones among us that always talk needlessly should continue to wear masks.
I’m keeping myself to myself today, I just want to get it all over and done with and get back home.
I’m an essential worker or so they tell me, so I suppose I’m lucky to be one of the first in line to get a jab.
I’m not exactly young and without underlying conditions though.
I just don’t understand why we are left to stand outside without any cover over us.
We may catch our death of cold before we even get into the chair for our jabs.
It’s always the same, the things that are not seen to be important are forgotten
and the things that are seen to be important are still forgotten.
A few sentences by Stephen Austwick.