The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 13, 2021.Day,Week, Month,Year,

Badge by Shelley Krupa.


Linda said that this week is an anniversary–the start of lockdowns and the acceptance of the Pandemic–for most people around the world. She’d like to suggest something different for this week’s SoCS. We don’t have to do it. You can just choose one of the prompt words and run with it as you always do. Linda said she might do that herself. But it might be interesting to see not just how everyone has coped, or not, over the last year, but to share our common experiences as a way to connect, to feel a little less alone, perhaps. Basically, talk about our last year whether stream-of-consciousness style or not. Or, if we’d rather not, talk about any time period your heart desires. Without further ado!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “day/week/month/year.” Use one, use them all, use them any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I used songs and videos a lots to describe this past pandemic year. They helped me cope and take it all in. The first one to strike me was Andrà Tutti Bene by Cristóvam. It seemed to say it all, the fear, the stress and separation.

The first I heard of this new illness was late November, news coming out of China of fast spreading virus that was killing people in far off Woohan. In late January I wrote my poem The Plague you can read it here I posted it February. So March came around and it was beginning to bite shortages in shops especially toilet rolls yes really toilet rolls. What was so frightening was we kept seeing the news from Europe, especially Italy and Spain.

image Pixabay.

We had a Carribbean holiday booked for March, that was cancelled the day before we went due to covid. In a way I was relieved. Then the Lockdowns started.

It was confusing.

Life then became groundhog Day! At first hubby did all the shopping because he wanted to protect me he bravely carried on doing that until November when we decided to get all our shopping delivered, we still have our shopping delivered.

We’d walk Ruby twice a day we would drive to woodland twice a day and she’d have a lovely walk. We drove 4miles to the woods because they were deserted unlike the park near us which was and still is full of people, on bikes, runners and people who didn’t seem to care about social distancing.

Hubby’s mother fell ill in April , it was covid on the brain, she was taken into hospital. May the first was her 100th birthday hubby was invited into the covid ward so he could celebrate her birthday with her.

Empty corridors, closed wards, wonderful staff and Mother in law confused but doing well. Sadly hubby’s brother and his family caused so much grief for my hubby, refusing to let him in his mother’s house to get clothes for her, his brother was staying there. He refused hubby entry threatening him with the police, his daughter even threatened to kill my husband! They said he had been on a covid ward and could not go near them! …he didn’t want to we had to social distancing.

Well it all got worse. Then hubby’s mum was allowed home, hubby was banned from going over to see her. Sadly she went down hill again and went back into hospital. She died of Covid on the 3rd/4 th June. Then I fell ill. You can read about that here if you wish.

Hubby’s brother and sister let hubby do the whole probate and will and sell his mother’s house with even more threats and nastiness. Thankfully now we never need to speak to them again.

Two poems from those hard months.

A Desparate Sonnet.

The Madness of Wills.

The months went by in a blurr I got used to my Cholosectomy drain and bag it was with me until the end of November when I had my gall bladder and the offending stones taken out.

We walked Ruby, we clapped the NHS every Thursday until we were told to stop. …

We are all very thankful to the NHS and all our frontline workers and first responders , that is not reflected in government’s latest “payrise” to them.

Below the window posters I made.

Then we had Captain Tom Moore. He walked up and down his garden to raise money for the NHS at the age of 99yrs, he died this year at just over 100yrs Tom’s Story Here.

Our Grandchildren have grown up a whole years worth and apart from a few 15 to 30 minute socially distanced visits where they stood on their doorstep and we on the pavement we have lost that year.

above photos sent to us of our grandchildren..

Our boys too have had it hard, our eldest has had to work from home the entire time and has missed his social life and office life dreadfully. He has lost weight, and got very depressed at times . We keep in touch by video and phone.

Our middle son was furloughed and had to take a massive paycut on return to work. Also he caught Covid after returning to work. He was very ill with it over Christmas, he was had the paramedics out twice,was in hospital over night and we could not visit him . We took food round to him Christmas day and waved through the window to him. Christmas was hard this last year. We saw no one in person .. thank goodness for zoom, what’sapp and Skype.

Our youngest son also has had a year of working from home, he has a wife and two children so he is in a better position company wise than the other two boys who live on their own. The children have found it hard in the lockdowns especially the eldest one who misses his school friends. Again, no Christmas no birthday parties it’s so hard on the children. They are back at school now. The younger one was at nursery most of the time as nurserys did not close this lockdown?

Our daughter in law and son have done a sterling job of homeschooling this year. In January our son had an office lodge built in his garden so he can work in peace.

I am not going to mention all the terrible and stupid, selfish and not playing by the rules that some of our government have committed over this past year…it’s taken me long enough to write this and I have written but SoCs so forgive typos, and timeline blips!

So a year later here we are hopefully coming out of lockdown number three. We have lost a lot but in a way we have gained so much. I just hope that there is not another surge of covid. I hope everyone behaves or we will be back into Lockdown number four.

So

This is part of LindaGHill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 14:17:01

    It’s been 10 years in one, Sis!

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  2. JoAnna
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 14:38:03

    I’m so sorry about your hubby’s mum and that you’ve had to go through so much. I’m thankful that hubby got to celebrate his mum’s 100th birthday with her and that he was so supportive. I love your spirit, your rainbow posters, and the hearts in the window. You’ve done an excellent job on this post, reminding me of things I had forgotten, at least on a conscious level, and of how thankful I am for the love and compassion that has surfaced with people helping each other. Take care and be well!

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    • willowdot21
      Mar 13, 2021 @ 14:45:06

      JoAnna, it been hard for us all but we have learnt from it haven’t we, as you say we have all seen love and compassion grow ,bad things too but there’s no point dwelling on that. I hope you stay safe and well too.💜💜💜

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  3. Maggie
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 14:43:12

    So much trauma in such a short period of time.i am so sorry about your MIL and all the family put him through. I am hopeful we have rounded a corner to something more tranquil.

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  4. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 15:35:41

    It was a year we never want to repeat. Sorry for your loss and family drama. Hoping that this year will improve and some day we will be quasi normal.

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  5. cathleentownsend
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 16:17:04

    Okay, my reply will be a little stream-of-consciousness, too. : )

    First off, there’s a line from that first song that brought tears to my eyes: “When distance meant love, and it kept us alive.” That’s been the hardest thing about this pandemic. Like you, I lost a year with my grandchildren, other than hurried porch visits which were mostly waving and calling across the lawn.

    Also, that horseman of the apocalypse carrying toilet paper has got to be the best cartoon of the entire pandemic.

    I don’t get very political, since so many have engaged in less-than-praiseworthy actions. But I will say: shame on them.

    My husband just got his first Pfizer vaccine, and I should be getting my first soon. After that, normal life–if you consider mask-wearing to be normal, which it kind of is by now–in only seven weeks.

    I can’t wait. Just the hope of it is a much-needed remedy. : )

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    • willowdot21
      Mar 13, 2021 @ 16:30:17

      Hi Cathleen, yes I agree that line is so true and a real tear jerker. We have has our first vaccinations, Astrozenica, my next is the 14th of May and hubby the end of April, two of our lads are having their first injection next week. Our youngest and his wife are in their late thirties so hopefully they will be up soon. Yes I think the mask is here to say as sadly I think the virus and its many offspring are too 💜💜

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  6. cathleentownsend
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 16:37:59

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting your vaccines, too. Soon, the worst will be behind us. : )

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  7. pensitivity101
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 17:06:18

    You’ve had a year worse than ours Willow because of your own health and family issues one way or another.
    I hope we have turned a corner, time alone will tell, but we shall continue to be vigilant, socially distant, and mask up when we go shopping. We have each other and I am grateful for that.
    Take care and keep safe.

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  8. John Holton
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 18:10:37

    Reading what your husband went through, I will forever be grateful that my brothers respected that I was Mom’s executor and were patient in waiting for me to get all of her affairs in order. She wasn’t the most organized person…

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  9. KL Caley
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 19:41:26

    Oh gosh what a year you have had. I hope that next year brings you much joy, love, luck, health and happiness. I think everyone is due a bit of that coming their way. KL ❤

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  10. Dale
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 19:48:58

    What a year you have had! My goodness.
    May things turn completely around for you all.
    xoxo

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    • willowdot21
      Mar 13, 2021 @ 20:09:58

      Thank you Dale I think things will turn around for all of us. I think bad as it has been we will all take something good away from this all . Be safe and happy 💜💜

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  11. J-Dub
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 20:45:52

    I have seen loss of a family member cause otherwise sane people to lose their minds. So sorry your husband had to put up with that.

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  12. Deborah Drucker
    Mar 13, 2021 @ 21:39:43

    Sorry you are having so many lockdowns. I think we have pretty much just had 1 long lockdown. I am sure it was scary when you son contracted COVID. I am glad my son and his wife were able to work from home. My daughter has worked outside but has not been working with large groups of people. I am hoping she will get the vaccine soon. She now works in a school doing after school classes (small numbers of kids). People who work in schools are now on the eligible list for the vaccine. It is hard to get an appointment though. Sad about the family conflict over your mother-in-law. I am sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. People are scared to be exposed to COVID. My husband’s brothers and their families have all kept away from us and visa versa. We see our son and family because they have been home on lockdown and not seeing other people. At first I did not see them either. This whole thing has been a nightmare for so many people.

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    • willowdot21
      Mar 13, 2021 @ 22:49:42

      It has been awful and scary but we must all take the good from the experience. We can all hold on to hope and move forward together I hope. Be safe and well 💜

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  13. 🇪🇺 Bee H.
    Mar 14, 2021 @ 10:50:03

    I am so sorry for all you and your family had to go through and remember our chat fondly. You helped me a lot there. Sending you and your family good vibes every day 🤗🙋‍♀️🕯🐝

    Reply

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