With a Flash of Colour!
I don’t walk around with my eyes shut, because if l did, l would walk into things and l would end up with bruises everywhere – so l know l walk with my eyes open … by walking this way l notice things and today on my walk, l noticed things that were not present on yesterday’s walk – oh no, they weren’t.
Sandwich is busier today than it was yesterday, the town is undergoing a transformation …. it is waking up again and the current lockdown is winding down … the shops, gymnasiums and pubs and all other non-essential shops will open again on Monday 12th.
I took a small circuits walk today on the Ramparts and came back back home through the town and was astonished at just how many people were present again … townsfolk, shop owners, publicans, restaurant managers …. the giant awakens once more – ready for the year.
Windows being cleaned, storefronts wiped down, pavements being washed, merchandisers and display artists changing window displays with bright vibrant colours dancing, painters rennovating window frames, new signs going up, laughter and joviality, barbers readying their wares and products, chairs being cleaned down, happy faces …. not just happy half faces, but happy faces .. and that worries me … here they all are chasing the ‘giant normality’ again with a flash of colour, but how long will these smiles be worn before they may well be turned into frowns again?
Not trying to be a pessimist, l want the world to get on, to live with this … but l can’t help but side with caution either and wonder, if we will be able to stay open and happy faced and smiles galore from now to the end of this year with enthusiasm or will the dreadful C win the day again?
I get it, people want a new start, they want to return to some kind of normal, but normal has gone, a new mode of normal will now take its place … but will all those chasing the return of normality play the game cautiously, carefully and respectively this time?
Sadly, and trust me – l am always open to being proved wrong ……….. but l think we all know the answers anyway … it’s more a case of time will tell.
The pandemic wouldn’t be so bad if not for the people, you know?
Thanks for reading, catch you next time!
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