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17 Apr, 2020

Today, like every day

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

It’s Friday… OR IS IT? This shortened work week is making it even harder to keep track.

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh but I now tend to bristle when someone asks me “what’s new.”

Sometimes I feel like screaming: What’s new? What’s new?? EXACTLY NOTHING BECAUSE EVERY DAY IS THE SAME AS THE ONE BEFORE. But then I take a deep breath and remember that (a) We Are All Dealing With This Differently and it’s (b) Very Hard To Fully Understand How Other People are Coping. For some people, asking “what’s new” is  their way of showing concern, or asking if you are doing ok, right?

I guess I do have an answer to the dreaded “what’s new” question. We managed to shore up our food supply a bit yesterday (again, by car, via Click & Collect) and the fellow who brought our groceries to the car presented us with a bunch of tulips. Apparently the store was giving them away. It was a nice surprise, and I admit, even made up for the fact that we were unable to buy about 25% of our grocery order. (No flour, no yeast, no large flaked oats, no Kraft Dinner “White Cheddar” Macaroni & Cheese, etc.)

The eldest put the flowers in a vase when we got home and they’re now on our dining room table. It’s a pretty spot of colour that was much needed.



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