This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “permission.”
The announcement came on Tuesday, and it came out of the blue.
I don’t know about where you are, but throughout the whole pandemic here it has seemed that every time an official announcement is going to be made, the news is leaked in advance about what it is going to say.
This one came from nowhere, and at first some of us struggled to believe it was true.
As of today, we have permission to travel within Scotland, and we also have permission to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people from six households!
It may not sound like much. I know in other countries some of these things have been possible all along, and my 2019 self would have struggled to believe there would be a time when these things were not permitted. But travel restrictions have been in place here since early November (with a one day break for Christmas) and group meetings of people from so many households have not been permitted at any point in the pandemic. (Edit: actually, I think it might have been permitted for a few weeks in August – it’s very hard to keep track!)
It feels like, at last, we are taking a significant step out of lockdown.
So, I’m writing early today because I have a meeting with some work colleagues – five of us in the same space for the first time in 13 months – and then I’m going to see my family!
If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you’ll know I’ve found the lockdown increasingly hard over the last couple of months. Part of the reason, which I haven’t shared here before, is that my dad was in hospital for two weeks in February. He is doing well now but it has felt particularly cruel that I haven’t been able to see him during this time, and even though hugging is still not permitted, 😦 I’ll finally get to see him.
I hope this is just the first of many steps back to normal in the coming months. One thing I am determined about is cultivating gratitude for the little things that would have been completely normal in 2019 but which now seem like a cause for celebration.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I hope to get back to participating in Five Minute Friday more regularly in the coming weeks.