The Little Stroll
I wrapped up warmly and set off obeying all the rules about social distancing.
The first thing that struck me as I headed off was the birdsong. I witnessed little birds in hedges (don?t know what they were!) and beautiful blackbirds on branches. Little wagtails were bobbing about on the boulders in the middle of the river. This was the same river that only a few weeks ago was brown and full of rubbish after the floods. Now I could see the bottom as the water was so clear! The difference was amazing.
On my return journey I noticed many houses had decorated their windows in support of our wonderful NHS. Parents have been encouraging their children to do this and I think it is such an uplifting thing to do. Children will learn from a young age to support and appreciate our health service that may last a lifetime.
I was looking forward to a ?milestone? birthday celebration later on this month but I am confident that we will have a massive double celebration in (hopefully) the not too distant future. Cancelled weddings, birthday celebrations and holidays are disappointing but these will be something to appreciate even more when they happen.
My little stroll cleared my head, and made me think. Not the usual frenzied ?I must do this then I have to do that? sort of thought but the sort of thought that enables you to look at what is important. Noticing the really good stuff that is happening instead of focussing on the negative.
The sense of community, people volunteering to deliver food parcels, phone the lonely and isolated is one great thing to come out of these strange times we are living in. Wouldn?t it be wonderful if this spirit of kindness extended way beyond the current situation? I am very hopeful that this will happen.
By Jane Thomas
Volunteer Support Officer