Dear daughter mine, lives in another town and I haven't seen her for six weeks! I've house-partied and zoomed her but it is not the same. I want to hug her and comfort her and to check that she is okay in these trying times.
However, dear daughter mine does keep in touch regularly sending me heartfelt messages on WhatsApp.
Here are a few of them:
1. I know that you are getting older but don't despair you are now in the age range where you can complain about anything and everything -and get away with it.
2. You can remember and reminisce about the good old days!
3. You get senior citizens discounts!
4. And don't forget the free bus pass!
5. At you age you shouldn't stay in the bath or shower too long as your wrinkles might stay!
6. You shouldn't worry about whether people like you or not, at least mosquitoes find you attractive!
7. You have a great talent; not sleeping at night.
8. Your motto when you were a teacher should have been;
" I love all mythical creatures, vampires, werewolves, unicorns and kids who listen!" Ha! Ha!
9. I know that this will eventually come to pass - when you came, you saw, you forgot what you were doing, you retraced your steps and got lost on the way back and now you have no idea what's going on!
Don't worry too much about this as you will forget it all anyway! LOL
10. Oh and by the way, "Looking forward to the day when this lockdown ends so that I can give you a hug!"
Daughters! Bless 'em!
Sue Westcott (C.) 2020
George and the Dragon.
The dragon began its journey as a silent deadly whisper. It travelled across countries indiscriminately and invaded every border it traversed. It crept insidiously through weak defences and began slowly, execrably to destroy everyone in its path.
The invisibility of its deathly touch rocked the world. A hidden foe is more problematic to its defenders, yet the shining, golden glory of the knights began to glow iridescent blue. Gradually, these champions began to make headway against this unseen enemy.
Together, their might tended the sick and dying, fighting, and holding out along an increasingly desperate frontline. Their armour, at times, flimsy yet their resolve was enduring and strong. But that was not enough to expel the rampant battering from the dragon who spewed forth its evil toxin over the beleaguered citizens.
Leaders were questioned and held accountable. What were they going to do to help and support these knights so bold?
They responded and slight progress was made but only in tiny doses. So, the leaders called in reinforcements to help the pioneering frontline and the citizens shone bright as they answered this clarion call. They stepped up in huge numbers and a million smiles greeted them for their service.
Every citizen was asked to make sacrifices, to join these band of brothers and sisters in solidarity of purpose; to hold at bay the dragon. They followed strict guidelines which helped, and slowly, steadily it turned the dragon’s breath. Salutations and heroic deeds abounded as the land pulled together to fight this unwelcome newcomer.
Academic brains pondered solutions and set to work with a will. The territorial defenders were enlisted to help, and the citizens rejoiced at how everyone donned the knight’s creed. Valiant citizens pulled together to join the ever -increasing battlefield. They believed that becoming a round table, a circle of defiance then eventually the dragon would be slayed and once more health, wealth and prosperity would return to the land.
It just needs a little more time.