The forty-sixth day of Lockdown dawned gloriously this morning. My walk was idyllic but I decided not to go along the beach as there have been rumours that fines will be levied on all who venture down the long white sands! How ridiculous is that? Perhaps the easiest place to practise social distancing is on the 14 km of Struisbaai’s beach! We have a small population and at the moment they are all concentrated on the streets between 6 and 9 am! The rules simply defy logic!
Now that all the usual chores of the day are done I am settling down to a challenge. Today’s comes from Sparks in which she asks us to share our world by answering a few thought-provoking questions.
- I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too: Do you have a favourite kind of tree?
My favourite tree is the milkwood tree. It is indigenous and common in this area but it is also protected. If one is on your property, you may not cut it down and there are rules on how much you’re allowed to trim it too. Such trees can take over the entire garden and ours, if we did not trim it, certainly would! I love my Milkwood Tree because it is beautiful, provides lovely shade and attracts birds. I have named my house Milkwood Manor for two reasons; Milkwood for the tree and Manor because an Earl lives here!
- What bridges are you happy you burned?
Leaving a bad marriage was the first fire I set to a bridge. I lost a lot financially and materially but it was the most glorious blaze that ensured that the rest of my life would be free to build better structures.
The second one came soon after that. I was a single parent. For the first three months after leaving my ex-husband I worked very happily in a temporary job at a school for the dear. That came to an end and I was appointed to a different position which after two days I knew I would hate so I quit. It was a relief and I managed without an income for three months before finding a new very satisfactory post. Those three months were idyllic. I had a little money saved and while I waited for something to turn up I spent quality time with my two-year-old that I shall never forget.
It was well worth burning those bridges. Things only got better afterwards. If I’d stayed in those intolerable situations I would not have met my current, very supportive husband. If you don’t like the situation you’re in, it is best to get out of it sooner rather than later. Today my daughter thanks me for taking the steps I took. Life would not have been good for her had I remained in a bad marriage and stuck to a job that made me miserable.
Many years later I burned another 2 bridges but their blazes were not as scary. Both those bridges involved leaving unsatisfactory employment but at the time I walked out I had financial security. I could afford to be choosy. But those choices also led to better posts and happier environments.
- Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?
I don’t know but I once took a personality test that said that I would. The reason for this is that I don’t think things through before acting in an emergency situation nor when I decide to burn bridges! If something needs to be done I tend to act instinctively. When I think sanely about what I would do in a life or death situation laying down my life for someone does not feature in my reasoning. But in real life, I have hurt myself trying to go to the rescue of someone else – because I didn’t think about my own safety at all! Luckily it was not a life/death situation but you get my drift!
- How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?
Here are six things to prioritise during lockdown.
Number 1 – video-called two of my friends today. This was something I did before lockdown too as we live far apart so that hasn’t changed.
Numbe 2 – No, DIY is not a priority for me – never was never will be. I have the Earl for that! Hobbies – Bird Watching – not a priority at the moment but I do watch the birds in my garden and I have gone onto Youtube safaris! Entertainment – not a priority but I do watch more TV than before.
Number 3 – Definitely a priority before and after Lockdown and forms part of my loose routine these days.
Number 4 – Stay Calm – I have a Greek temperament. I don’t do the Keep Calm thing!
I have a ferral rabbit in my garden – he is a priority to the Earl who rushes to feed him the minute he enters the garden! Does that count as a pet?
Number 5 – Information about world events was never on my priority list – but yes, now I am keeping up with the info on C-19 – it is important.
Number 6 – I didn’t much care about routine after retiring but now it is quite important but is still pretty flexible.
Cleanliness is more of a priority for me now than before C-19. I was a follower of the 5 second rule but no more! I am fastidious about sanitising everything from groceries to people! Obsessive Compulsive is a new part of my personality that never existed before! Fruit and vegetables are washed in a vinegar solution, every surface is washed down several times a day, nothing enters the house without being completely decontaminated! And I worry more than I ever did before – hence the Stay Calm thing doesn’t work! I worry that my strong-willed offspring will be arrested if they’re caught breaking some stupid Lockdown rule! My kids, of course, don’t listen to me – why should they – they’re very grown up!
Please feel free to share your gratitude! During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome! Please share! Thanks!