By Gary Marsh
June 11, 2020 2:53am CST
Well I am back after taking a break from Mylot. What a very different world we live in compared to when I took a break. So much has happened in the past month that has changed our world. The Covid-19 has caused absolute horrible consequences for most of us. Unable to mix with our loved ones. Recently my aunt died of covid and we had the funeral this week under very strange new restrictions. I did not go to the funeral but was able to watch the service on- line from home. How clever and I am grateful that I was at least able to be there albeit whilst not even leaving my house. Not all doom and gloom though as my nephew who contracted it after three weeks in Intensive care recovered and has been discharged home. So for us things are very different social distancing is the order of the day. Thankfully the moronic panic buying of toilet rolls and other essentials has stopped however there are still some shortages of certain items namely Hand get, flour. I had to laugh my head off when I read about an Australian woman who had greedily bought hundreds of packets of toilet rolls with the idea she would sell them at a profit. It back fired as she could not sell any of them. The cheeky selfish woman returned the packs back to the shop. The manager refused to change take them back. I give my highest praise for this sensible store manager and salute him. As for the woman I award her the coveted Darwin award. So I am now perhaps regarded as a senior as I turned 60 in the middle of the month. It was a very different day in comparison to the partying we did for my 50th when we had a massive party for over 100 people on the Saturday and took over a restaurant for a banquet on the Sunday the actual day of my birthday. So Saturday arrived the day before my birthday not a single birthday card came through the door. Yes I was disappointed as I was expecting quite a few. Not a single card. I thought oh well never mind they will come Monday. Monday came Nada, nothing, zilch. To say I was disappointed was an understatement although I knew that they had been sent. I was reminded that the post office do not deliver on a Saturday since covid started. They all turned up on Tuesday. Some had been sent two weeks previously. So Sunday arrived and yep I had turned 60. I got up at 5:30 had a shower and then sat gathering my thoughts with a cup of coffee I then thought what the hell are you doing up at this time of the day when the rest of the world is sensibly still in bed sleeping. Nothing special is going to happen today.So I went back to bed.I had already spoken to my sister who was also up at that ungodly time. Two hours later my wife said your sister is outside I jumped out of bed threw some water on my face and went and stood outside chatting at a distance and she dropped some gifts for me. I told her that she should not have come all the way here just for that. She told me she was not going to let the occasion go without seeing me. Sad we were not able to hug just to say thank you. In the afternoon my daughter and grandchildren turned up with gifts and a massive birthday cake. The kids played on the lawn, my son in law and daughter sat at the table and my wife and I sat near the door. We got some candles and the two eldest kids blew the candles and made a wish. Devil child flatly refused and said NO. I love that kid I am sure she is doing it to wind me up. Last weekend they came again we were sitting in the garden and Devil child fell. She howled and looked at me and began to run towards me. My daughter moved quickly and grabbed her. How unfair is that when you can not even cuddle your own grandkids. So I think that she does really like me she just likes to make me laugh. Probably my fault because when she says no I howl with laughter. More has happened but I think that is enough for the moment. It is nice to be back and will be nice to have a catch up with my mylot friends. No hand shakes today, not even a hug. What a very different world.
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• Bunbury, Australia
A very happy belated birthday to you. These are certainly strange times. Our state has closed its borders and has had very few new cases. All recent new ones have come in from overseas. Most things are almost back to normal here.
Oh my goodness Gary, I am so sorry for your aunt, but I am glad that nephew recovered. A not so sad birthday as your sister surely made your day, I am glad she did not want to let a special day pass without wishing a Happy Birthday in person. Gary, little Devil loves you, I know she does, she just wants to make you laugh, but when in need she wants to be comforted by you. Nothing for the moment is as it used to be. We almost do not go out from our home, we meet no one, we are both "seniors" and we do our best to avoid to get contaminated. I wish you a Belated Happy Birthday and a BIG virtual HUG to you.
• United Kingdom
Thank you Anna and the same right back to you too. It is for the best at the moment we will get our lives back to some semblance of a new normality. What that will look like no one knows yet. You are wise to stay home and isolate from others.
• United States
I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Thankfully your nephew recovered. Wishing you a very happy birthday Life has become quite different living with pandemic restrictions but the social distancing has been the hardest for me too and not being able to see my family. Last week was the first time I saw my daughter and grandkids but we weren't able to hug. It's just plain weird how life has changed. Hopefully we'll all be able to get back to human contact at some point. Good to see you back Gary
• United Kingdom
Thank you Marilyn I am glad to be back. I have popped my head in from time to time but I am back now. Physical contact or rather the lack of it is horrible. Not being able to hug your own children and others. I can see the future of handshaking going right out of fashion not to mention kissing on the cheeks as in Europe.Perhaps we will see more Nameste greetings or touching the heart would be good!
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Hi, Happy Birthday I'm glad you had a good one under the circumstances. I'm sad though that you couldn't hug your grandchild. I do miss hugging people. Hopefully there's some movement there now, as they said on the news that from Sunday single adult families can form a bubble with another household. Sorry to hear about your aunt.