I don’t know about you, but I have actually laughed out loud this year at some of the Memes, Twitter posts, You Tube Videos and Instagram posts that have swept their way around the world over the last year. How could you not laugh at the beer cans singing Nessun Dorma, or the little toddler running in to see his Mum before doing an abrupt U turn when she sneezes. My family Whatts app which used to just be a succession of Happy Birthdays is now full of family mishaps from the households of my four brothers and parents.
People tend to grieve and worry alone, but we tend to laugh together and the one thing the pandemic has done is bring us all together. By laughing, we are taking back control from the fear. To quote Simba “I laugh in the face of danger” and yes, I have watched quite a lot of Disney. Looking for the humour does not mean we are oblivious to the immense suffering and hardship that is being experienced all over the world, it just means that we are digging deep and finding ways not to succumb to the fear and negativity that surrounds us.
So while Charlie Brown is right, I am going to go with the wisdom of Snoopy, and not only live every day but try and do so smiling. So with that in mind, this post is some of the things I have learnt during the last few months and I hope some of them make you smile too.
My husband says he is not able to help with many of the domestic chores because he still has to get up at 8.29 for his commute to his desk in order to start work at 8.30.
Same husband says that it drives him nuts when I start talking to him when he is in another room and yet when its just us in the house, he still says “Are you talking to me?”
Amazon, DPD and Hermes have finally learnt where my house is and I know the numbers on my credit card off by heart.
I also know the names of most of the call operators of the major car insurers, Registration numbers and Driving licences for my children and still seem to have the most expensive car insurance money can by.
It transpires that it takes more than “A few weeks on my own at home with some free time to work out what I want to do next” it takes that long for me to work out what we are going to have for supper for the thousandth time.
Cats must feel like they have finally taken over with all the humans and dogs stuck inside.
If saving lives means staying at home and sitting in front of the TV for a bit longer then I am not going to screw this up.
I dont ever want to hear the word “unprecedented” again. I have learnt to always keep at least 2 weeks worth of loo roll in reserve and I know nearly every song with a 20 second chorus as thats how long we have to wash our hands. Think “Jolene”, “We will Rock You” , “Africa”
I’ve learnt how grocery delivery is extremely convenient until everyone else realises that it is extremely convenient.
We are all the band on the Titanic and until it actually sinks, we should just keep playing.
“Life is amazing. And then its awful. And then its amazing again and in between its ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful and exhale and relax during the ordinary.”