Permission To Travel!

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.

30 thoughts on “Permission To Travel!

    1. Yes, I live in Scotland. It always surprises me when people who’ve been reading my blog for a long time don’t know, but I suppose I’ve only mentioned it occasionally so it depends on which posts people have read.

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  1. It’s so hard for me to imagine what you’ve gone through. I live in a state in the US that hasn’t had extreme lockdown conditions since last May, so we have been so fortunate. It’s very rural so that helps. I am so pleased that you are able to get out and see people! Praying for some normalcy for you and your loved ones. FMF#23

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    1. Thanks, Susan! It’s strange that although the pandemic has affected us all it has been so different in the different countries. Today has been lovely, but I’ve also been thinking of the several countries in Europe where they are still in lockdown.

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  2. We were able to see our grandchildren last weekend–without masks–for the first time in 13 months. Hugs never felt more heavenly! I pray the worst is over and each month we’ll take more steps back toward 2019-normal. In the meantime, you are so right, Lesley. The simple pleasures of life, like hugs, have suddenly become extra-delightful. That’s one very positive outcome!

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  3. They said I needed their permission
    or I’d see the worst of fates,
    find myself in dire perdition
    for playing rugger with my mates,
    but their eyes aren’t everywhere,
    they can’t cover every field,
    and I think this is not when
    we had chosen that we’d yield,
    so we’d laid us out a pitch,
    bare of grass, with rocks profuse,
    bordered by a nasty ditch,
    but it sure did prove its use
    to let us wild men of repute
    give appropriate salute.

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  4. Oh, I’m so thankful to hear this and happy for you! How wonderful to be able to see your dad! I have been struggling too and finally saw our grandsons this past weekend and hope to see my mom in two weeks after a year and a half apart. Usually we saw each other three times a year. It’s been hard but I like you, hope these are the first steps to a more normal life! Celebrating with you, Lesley!

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  5. Good news!! Rejoicing with you in the move back towards normal. I hope none of us taking the blessings we have for granted again, after having been denied these freedoms for so long.

    Visiting from FMF#25

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  6. I’m so glad you’re going to get to see your dad, Lesley! How excruciating it must have been to not be able to see him in the hospital. 😦 This pandemic has been so challenging in so many ways. We were finally able to visit with my inlaws INSIDE the house yesterday for the first time in a year. We’re all four vaccinated now so it was an incredible moment!

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    1. I got to see him on Friday and it was lovely! I’m glad you got to visit your in-laws. It must have felt like a big step towards normal to be able to go inside. We still have to meet outside for now.

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  7. I am so glad to read that you are going to see your family. Hubby and I have 1 shot of the vaccine and will get our second next week. We will travel to see one son who lives 2,000 miles away very soon and another son who lives 3,000 miles away in June. Such joyous family reunions all over the world!

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    1. That’s great that you’ll get to see your sons soon! Although we’re all at slightly different stages it is lovely to read everyone’s stories of getting to see loved ones again and to see the happy photos! We will appreciate those little things so much more now.

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