Tonight, amidst corona cases rising rapidly to 108 in Victoria, we went out to dinner.
In our town. Some blocks away. Dining at a table where no one was near.
Sanitiser within reach. Waiters prepared to leave your food at the empty designated table next to you, so that they weren’t getting too close.
It was our concession.
We all have them. We will cry “stay home!” to all that we know ’til we’re blue in the face, and yet we have these things that are helping us stay sane in the face of possible further, and tougher, and meaner restrictions.
You’ve got them. I have them. We do the right thing, we stay home, we wash our hands, we don’t see family…
But then, we might go out to get a coffee. Support local.
See that friend that you’ve been dying to catch up with, and hey, you’re both staying 1.5 metres away and not touching so technically that’s a pass.
You might still see relatives, so your kids can play together.
You might still be getting your hair done, because you have to physically be at work, and CAN’T work from home.
You might just want to go out and have a God-damn nice dinner at your fave restaurant like we did, because the last time we were there it was March, the sunshine was pouring through the window in the evening, and although corona was on the near-distant radar, there were no lockdowns.
We were by a window again tonight. But the umbrellas dotted amongst the outdoor seating outside were bound tightly, spotted with rain that had not stopped all day. The night was black. The restaurant wasn’t packed.
Corona, corona… the bloody virus was a reminder, everywhere.
Tonight. Our concession. Whatever it is that you do sometimes, to keep yourself happy, to keep your family happy… it’s okay.
Do it. Despite all the fear mongering, if you avoid the hotspots, if you avoid almost all of your unnecessary ‘wants,’ if you’re doing your damn-dest not to go out and mingle and be social…
I think you are allowed a concession.
I had a great dinner tonight, and a great wine. This might keep me going for another 3 months, because let’s face it –
Who knows anymore???