We have just reached the one year mark since Covid was deemed to be a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. We’ve ridden the rollercoaster of code reds and shutdowns. Weddings have been postponed as have end of life memorials. Travel has been suspended, borders closed. We’ve missed gathering with friends and family; we’ve missed hugs.
Even as we are seeing the light at the end of this tunnel with the roll-out of vaccines, we still have a way to go. It’s like when you were a kidlet and it was the last week of school before summer holidays. Or it’s like March in PEI. These past few days have been quite warm – the snow is melting and you are sure that spring has finally arrived. But the temperatures are dropping by about 20 degrees and we’ll be back in the frigid winter zone in the next day or so. Winter is letting us know that he’s not quite ready to let us out of his icy tentacles yet.
So, how do we get through these last few months and keep our sanity and well being? Let’s celebrate this one year anniversary. “Are you a madwoman?” you ask!!! Well, perhaps shutdowns and physical distancing have made me a little daft at times, but hear me out. On an anniversary or other special date, you celebrate by giving gifts. For that special someone who has been by your side this past year, who has seen you through your ups and downs, give the gift of appreciation and thanks. Let them know how much they mean to you.
And don’t forget to give yourself a gift, too! Make time for yourself and perhaps luxuriate in a bubble bath or clear your mind with some meditation. My “me time” involves fur babies. First thing in the morning, generally as soon as the alarm goes off, one of the beasties will jump into bed, curl up in my arms and purr. I’ve learned to set the alarm a little earlier than needed so I can enjoy this cuddle time. Late evenings after supper is the same. Time spent in the living room with a fur baby or two on my lap. It can make knitting a bit of a challenge, but it is well worth it. I just feel the day’s stresses slip away. What makes it even more special is that each one of the fur babies is a former feral. Some were more fearful than others; some were orphaned and had to be bottle fed; some were not healthy and needed special care. To see how they’ve blossomed and how they share so much love now is amazing.
So – yes – it sure has been a year! Take time to care for yourself so that you can continue to be kind and care about others. Stay well and happy knitting!
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