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The co-hosts this time around are Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe and Lisa Buie-Collard. So, thanks to them.
Every month there is an (optional) question and this month it is: what's your favourite piece of punctuation?
I'd have do go with either the interrobang or-
No, of course it isn't. The question couldn't really be anything other than: "So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?"
Crikey! What a month. OK, who ordered the global pandemic?
I'm currently in isolation as I would imagine a great many of you are. I originally isolated because my wife was in an at risk category, but we both started showing symptoms. We had headaches that just wouldn't clear, very snotty noses, no sense of smell and a dry cough, but so far no fever. It wasn't much fun.
I saw lots of people complaining of boredom, which irked me because I have a one-year-old and therefore no more free time than before. Still no time to write. While people whinged about having to watch boxsets or learn to paint, I resented them a bit. At the same time, I discovered that I was a key worker, and so while everyone else worked from home I would be expected to brave the outdoors. Before the election I was considered unskilled, now I'm key to success of our nation's efforts to beat coronavirus. Nobody tells you that you are a key worker until they want you to do something and this is not a job that pays well enough to warrant risking your life. I was worried that my 'joke job' would get my family killed.
While we waited inside, we saw people hoarding food, panic buying, fighting over toilet roll, vandalising ambulances, stealing hand sanitiser from hospitals, robbing schools, throwing away perfectly good food and wilfully ignoring the scientific advice to prevent the spread of the virus. Maybe we don't deserve to survive this.
My isolation is due to end this Friday. Wish me luck.
In the meantime...
- Don't go out if you don't have to. Work from home if you can.
- Wash your hands more often and for at least twenty seconds.
- Don't buy more of anything than you need.
- Don't be selfish. Think of others.