It is 08.00 am on Friday 21 May 2021, two hundred and sixty-two days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Wednesday 19 May – a significant day in our SARS-CoV2 calendar!
Trust Mum to get her first Pfizer jab on the same day as France releases its populace from the latest lockdown! We end up both delighted that she has at last started her vaccination journey and totally downhearted. We again will have to zig-zag around the hordes of our fellow citizens, free from their PP, (their Pandemic Prison!) as they fill up the town car parks, charge around all the shops desperate for their cash, and eat like there is no tomorrow in all the cafes spilling out to take up all the pavements as they try (and fail!) to get at least a metre between their tables. Pedestrians beware!
Week three into our ‘new horizons’ programme Although struggling with our heightened stresses and new emotions, we have knuckled down to getting on with the business in hand, developing our ‘new horizons’ programme. In a way, the initiative has brought welcome relief from the grinding, repetitive boredom of the first year living with SARS-CoV2 – yes, it is still grinding and boring, but we now have something new and substantial to work with at last. We feel that our collective intellects and intuitions are working well, even in overdrive at times, as we plan, prioritise, organise and investigate. No more Donald Rumsfeld moments! Surprising to us, almost all of our available time is now being taken up by only four activities: house hunting (internet search + site visits to local properties take up a big proportion of our working week); daily outdoor family exercise and relaxation; shopping, and the daily to-ing and fro-ing for school. We are using the tables below to record the subjects studied to date, our decisions and to track the changes towards what we hope will eventually mature into our very own ‘new horizons’:
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
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