We trust you have had a good week and that you have been able to take a little time to be still and reflect.
I have a few questions for you all:
1. What do you miss from your old normal?
2. What do you like about your new normal?
3. What will you keep when things go back to normal?
We had a chat about this at home and came up with some rather interesting answers. I have been ‘lucky’ in some ways as I have maintained normal life in many respects; I have been into work most days and kept contact with some of the staff team each week. When I asked the family, Mr T said that the thing he missed most was holidays (our summer USA trip is now cancelled). In the new normal, he is enjoying a more diverse TV programme range with a new favourite of ‘Escape to the Chateau DIY’ (oh dear!) as well as meeting new people when he volunteers at Foodbank. When things go back to normal, he hopes to spend more time with us and work less at weekends in his job in sales. Listening to the girls spending time together and giggling over the little things, has been lovely and so heart-warming.
When I asked the girls, the main things they missed were eating out at restaurants and seeing friends and family. They cannot wait to get back to Wagamamas and eat chicken gyozas followed by katsu curry! They haven’t had a hug from their grandparents since March 15th and that is really hard for them. They both said that they were enjoying the new normal and the lack of need to impress people; their skin is clear as they haven’t had makeup on for months! Last night, we went shopping and Caitlin didn’t take 20 mins getting ready - just in case she saw someone she knew. They are keen to continue to spend less time on their phones (and more time outdoors) and send their friends little gifts to make them smile. I hope they stick with this.
I wonder what your answers will be? What is it you are missing and what is it you are enjoying? We'd love to know. As we have said before, there will be many positives that come out of this strange time and many lessons to learn as we press ‘reset’ on our daily life. If anything, I think we have all learned not to take anything for granted and to cherish the good times.