Mentally, this week has been a tough one for a variety of reasons…some of which I have shared in this posting. Then along came THIS video, with a song written by a South African and it made me happy and my heart soar. For someone that can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, I am in awe of these dancers who can eat a plate of food without missing a step. I believe that this was shot in Angola and has been replicated around the world.
This is the REAL face of lockdown! And I thought that we had been keeping our house relatively clean. Obviously I was mistaken. This was just from one room and I was so disgusted by what I found that it turned into a 4-hour cleaning marathon. Floors were swept, carpets vacuumed and shelves dusted.
Once again our President popped up on TV, this time on a Thursday and not his usual Sunday slot to talk to us about corruption. Well, to talk to us as if WE were responsible for the looting of COVID-19 funds that is already the norm. I found it disrespectful to be spoken to like a child who is about to be grounded. It is not the public that is stealing, it is elected officials that are being caught out on an almost daily basis. And, in my opinion, nothing seems to be done to bring the alleged perpetrators to book. But, mark my words, while we the people are being dazzled by the theft, SAA will be given the R10bn that they have been begging for. I hope that I am proved wrong!
Thursday saw the 2nd anniversary of the death of my assistant. It was a tough day as he is missed so much. I lit a candle in his memory and shed a tear as I re-read this email that I wrote on the day that he died. It might be self-indulgent to re-print it here, but 1] it is part of how I am feeling this week and 2] It is MY posting
It is with a heavy and sad heart that I write this email.
YES, I AM! This week saw a small lockdown victory for me. It might not seem like much, but for me, it was like getting to the top of Everest. Lockdown, for some reason, has produced a stream crockery and cutlery that either takes up space in the sink, in the dishwasher or on the table in our kitchen, waiting to be packed away in order for the cycle to begin again…
Gary Larson, one of my favourite cartoonists hits the nail on the head. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I do know that this is how I feel currently.
I don’t believe that lockdown has prepped us for any type of Apocalypse. We need to be armed and ready to fight off insurgents and all we are currently doing is complaining about no alcohol, no smokes and the fact that we have to wear masks in public. The Zombies WILL kill and eat us with ease…
Once again, while we have been distracted, this iconic chocolate has vanished from our supermarket shelves. No word of warning, no time to say goodbye. Here one day and GONE the next. And what an outcry from the public. I wonder if they had been offered the trade-off to get this back IF they are seen to be wearing masks, would that have been acceptable? Somehow I think that the public would demand it back with no string attached.RIP Chocolate Log. Thanks for all the great times that we shared.
How I long to watch a sunrise/sunset while out in the bush. And perhaps one day I will again. But that does not look like it is going to be any time soon.
Well, that is it for another week. I decided that I needed to dress for this posting, hence me putting on a collar and tie. But the more important question should be am I wearing pants. Much like the anti-vaxxers, there are now those who are anti-mask. I wonder if those who say that masks are an invasion of their Constitutional Rights are wearing seatbelts or for that matter obey any of the other enforced rules and regulations. If YOU are one of those, then I would rather NOT be in your company as I do not wish to place either myself or those that I love in danger. And I ask that I be respected for my decisions.
Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy and be aware. If you feel that you need to talk to someone, then contact SADAG at the number below.
South African Depression and Anxiety Group.
011 234 4837
I spoke to Isabella Holden the Director of LifeLine Johannesburg. Use the link to watch the “In conversation with” chat that I enjoyed with her as a guest. She shared with me her perspective about the mental aspect of the current lockdown and the ongoing mental health issues that it might cause. https://youtu.be/Lp1dQneYSI4 Be gentle and be kind to those that you come into contact with, as you have no idea how they are dealing with the pandemic.
LifeLine Connect number.
011 728 1347