Well! A week beginning with not only some positivity but sensibility from the Conservative government which I feel is a juxtaposition but very welcome. Boris Johnson has laid out an exit to lockdown strategy which makes sense and seems like a slowly, slowly approach as opposed to the ridiculous measures put in place in the past which have done nothing to help in the long run (eat out to help out just being one example)! So we go back to school on the 8th of March and it is so welcome, my children as I’m am sure they all do, need this welcome return to normality and with predictions that the virus spreading will be negligible from younger children it makes perfect sense to send them back. It also makes perfect sense to keep them as the only thing that returns to normal just to begin with so that we can see the effect on the numbers by looking at one element only. Before we have returned to everything all at once and the numbers have soared with there being a big question mark over the impact school is having on it but with pubs restaurants and other things all open too it’s been a bit like trying to see what you’re allergic to without cutting everything but one food group out and then slowly adding others in. So we have a plan to inject new things every 5 weeks and everything to come next it contingent on the before having worked. IF everything works then by June 21st we could be back to normal. I’m sure it will take a bit longer but knowing there is a plan is so uplifting and my mood, along with the rest of the nation it seems, has been lifted greatly. Lockdown fatigue was setting in on us all and this is the welcome news we have all been waiting for. I gave my reaction in the paper to Boris’s announcement and also to the schools returning alongside my regular column which this week talked about how my demographic and age group of middle agers, married with children have had lockdown the easiest but we have all suffered. It has been dreadful, but spring is springing and there is sunshine poking through! Bring it on!
This week we have been having more fun, enjoying each other and when we went past Raffie’s nursery on the way to the skate park he was so upset wanting to go in we decided he could go back ahead of the 8th. It makes sense now and he has loved it!