"We're all after the same rainbow's end"
For that matter when will I be able to resume my own life? We are told we are all in this together but why so little acknowledgement of the role of unpaid carers? Don't they deserve a clap too? As unpaid carers we often experience a sort of unofficial lockdown so this lack of spontaneity is nothing new. When will I see my partner again, who I miss profoundly? How will I get respite for mum (and me) at a care home when they have suffered such heavy losses and they might be hesitant to open their doors to short term residents?What has helped are the one hour sit -ins that restarted after the self -isolation ended. My first venture out into the new world of social distancing that I had only seen on TV, was on April 7th. I recall walking on roads empty of cars then queuing outside the local supermarket to experience the thrill of selecting my own mango! This was followed by a thirty minute walk in the bright spring sunshine of the local park, capturing the scene for an Instagram post. I continue my physical exercise with a half hour body weight program. The daily plan with burpees and press ups has been another 'project' together with deep cleaning every room, reading a new Wordsworth biography and learning the Gaelic pronunciation of the Munros. The exercise program is usually accompanied by music, this morning it was Andy Williams (again). My mum was concerned by my sit up exertions: 'Are you alright?', as Andy continued to wait for his Huckleberry friend and we wait for the next uncertain stage of these unprecedented times.