Submitted by Anonymous
As activities are cancelled and removed from the calendar, I have to focus on what I can do, rather than dwell on what can't be done. The loss of the normal pattern of life, and not being able to make plans for the future is difficult to bear.
I start walking round War Memorial Park in Coventry early in the morning. It's a 5km walk from home and it really helps to instil a sense of wellbeing at the beginning of each day. It’s springtime and there is always something growing and flowering.
I pass the same people each day, and initially it’s difficult to greet each other. 'Good morning' doesn't seem quite the right thing to say, so we smile or nod, and over time most people join in. Acknowledging each other takes on a new significance. There are no cars on the road, it is so peaceful. The loudest sound is from the birds, and they seem to be singing their hearts out.
On returning home, there is a pint of milk on the doorstep and it’s a welcome sign of normality, although nothing feels normal about the working day ahead.
- Willow tree, War Memorial Park. 23rd March 2020
- Celebrating VE Day by the gates of War Memorial Park, 8th May 2020
- Poppies growing beside the front door at home, 17th May 2020