It was never said that being a prisoner in your home was so bad. It is not until you look across the breakfast table and realize that the person sitting over there, reading the newspaper, feels the same as you. Damn you Doug Ford. His shilly-shallying over what is a lock-down has led to this. After more than 50 years of marriage, you have never spent this much time together. It is like the reverse side of a honeymoon.
Honeymoons are remembered as an adventure. No matter how much time you had spent together previously, you bring a different attitude to a honeymoon. It is exploratory. It is learning. It is having fun while digging deeper into the psyche of your partner. Bedroom antics are often tempered, while mutual and deeper understanding become the lasting bond. And the honeymoon becomes a fond memory of another time.
Children are also a bond—us against them in some ways but the beaten norms of life influence the relationships. Grandchildren are a precious addition and can bring us even.
But who keeps score?
And today when the sun is shining, the leaves are green and the tulips losing their petals, you listen to the birds and yearn for freedom. You and your partner want to get into the car and drive until you fall off the edge of the world. You want adventures of new places, new foods, refreshing waters. You want dialogues with new people, new thoughts, mental challenges.
Hurry up, you in temporary power, give us our second shot of vaccine, let us challenge a casino, send us to a baseball game, take us to the theater, let us dine at McDonalds one day and on French cuisine the next.
These might be selfish thoughts but there is life to be lived outside of this lockdown. Let us all live it to the fullest.
Copyright 2021 © Peter Lowry
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