Hello followers, we are now into three weeks of life in a new normal of social distancing. We feel we are lucky to be living in a country where there is a common sense approach to the current world crisis. But, it is not all rainbows and unicorns here either.
Yes, we have food, public transport is running (even though the busses that run past the house towards Amsterdam every eight minutes are now mostly empty), most people are either working from home or are laid off, watching or teaching children while we all wait.
The wait… that is what makes people crazy!
Waiting in lines at the stores, waiting for other people to enter and shop ahead of them maybe getting the last needed product off the shelf. That bar of soap that is needed to wash the kids hands is not something to be taken for granted in this environment. When it is gone from the local stores it causes stress and stress turns people crazy.
I have seen and witnessed this crazy first hand several times in the last three weeks. Been attacked verbally, fought back verbally because I don’t take crap from anyone and when people start acting like jackasses to me for whatever reason, I will defend myself. Lucky for me neither case has ended in physical violence. But, it could have and for me that is scary!
So we will just focus on the positive.
The flowers, the windows, the chickens in my back garden, the things that make me happy, keep us (the Hubby and I) safe and healthy.
I will focus on my many blog friends. Many have reached out from all over the world to ask how things are going for us here. I will focus on the friends and strangers here in our area who have offered support in this difficult time. They see the news, they understand what is going on and know that I am away from my home country and away from my children and that it must be hard. So many more people have been kind than those who have felt the need to take out their issues on me.
So I ask all the kind people out there, continue to pass it along, care for the those who are maybe having a hard time dealing with this situation, hugs are needed, but not allowed! But, kindness is something given from the heart and it is heart felt.
Flowers are blooming everywhere here.
The weather has been unusually warm (hot even) in the last week. My garden is growing like crazy. The chickens are settled and one was sick with some sort of respiratory issue. A trip to the veterinary doctor on the bike with the chicken was a heartbeat increasing event. But, it was accomplished and the chicken is now better and Chickass was Sickass and is now a pain in my ass! She is now recovered and back in the coop with the other hens. I have re-named her Kipass as the Dutch word for chicken is kip. I think it rolls off the tongue better.
Around the neighborhood there are signs of support everywhere. Hearts, Teddy bears, messages to clients or loved ones, or signs of solidarity in this crisis.
They all inspire in this difficult time.
Thank you for all the blog friends who have reached out to me.
I had a virtual coffee with two of my friends this week. What a wonderful experience! I wonder why we haven’t done this before (time differences- duh!). But sharing what is happening in other locations helps me deal with and wrap my head around how we are all connected in this world.
One world. Not one country or one culture but many and each of us are suffering in this together.
Viruses know no borders, walls, social or economic status , age, or race, or if you believe in God, or not, or some other thing.
The viruses are here and they survive by multiplying when we interact in a very personal way with others. They are terrorizing us in ways that nations and leaders are having a hard time finding solutions to contain or eradicate. It takes each of us doing our part, each of us to be respectful of others around us and yes, not backing down when you see someone attacking another unfairly.
Be careful out there, stay safe, and enjoy what small things come your way each and everyday.
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