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  • Vikki Lafford Garside

Love and life in the time of Covid-19

It's a weird time we are living in right now. During a Skype call last night a couple of friends said that not much has changed for them. That came as more of a surprise than lockdown did. It's true, there are some people who remain relatively unaffected, but there are many of us who have their worlds turned upside-down. I remember my husband calling one cold day in December to lament the loss of our Christmas wine, when the bottom fell out of the cardboard wine carrier and the bottles smashed on the ground, spilling the deep ruby contents all over the street. There have been times in the past few weeks when I have felt like I am that cardboard wine carrier, unable to keep a grip of everything I treasure and hold dear. The world I knew has emptied onto the ground beneath me. But just as my husband found when strangers rushed to help pick up the broken bottles, there have been friends, neighbours and strangers who have reached out with such kindness, while they too are experiencing hardships and difficulties.

In these difficult times it’s amazing to see kindness and generosity shine through. There is not much I can do to help, other than to stay at home and maintain social distancing, which is very important. I’m currently mulling over ideas for things to help others who might be struggling with isolation, especially those who are already vulnerable and isolated due to health reasons. Of course craft can be really good therapy, so maybe that’s something I can help with. From afar. I’ll keep mulling that over for now. Have you had any new ideas for keeping creative during lockdown?

I hope you are keeping healthy and happy.

Vikki x




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Vikki Lafford Garside