The Pandemic Wall

It really looks as if the federal government is going to tighten our pandemic travel rules, a lot. The prime minister is being pushed that way, and, I think, is leaning that way. That means no travelling at all, either nationally or internationally.

Although I’ve hit a bit of a patience wall, I’m in favour of it. I want to do what’s in the best interests of the vulnerable. And the sooner we hunker down, the more we can control this wretched virus, and together with the vaccines, that means …

One of my favourite Penticton restaurants.

… going to a restaurant! Inside!

What else?

Meeting with family and friends! And being able to hug!

This is a picture of a former Canadian politician, Tom Mulcair. That’s not the point, though: it’s a crowded room, and there’s not a mask in sight.

No masks! Hot, soggy, fogging-up-the-glasses uncomfortable. If I never have to wear a mask again, I’ll be very thankful.

I hope to say good-bye to these soon.

And lastly, but definitely not leastly, just being able to live without covid. Without worrying about loved ones, without thinking of all the safeties you have to do to go to the grocery store, … without worrying about my son, the paramedic.

I was lately reminded that nothing lasts forever, including a pandemic. So yes, this, too, shall pass.

We have to continue to be patient. And safety conscious. And thankful for essential workers of all kinds.

Sunny days will return.

It will end.

What do you look forward to the most?

24 thoughts on “The Pandemic Wall”

    1. Thank you.

      Agreed. Those who refuse to comply just make it worse for everyone, including themselves. And I’ve been surprised occasionally by the extent of the cavalier attitude. Such selfishness!

      1. A great deal of misinformation is eagerly absorbed and spread by those with a grudge or some vested interest, Lynette. It would be really great if we could have an international agency with the sole job of verifying the facts appearing on public, and media-owned sites, with the power to delete anything found to be untrue. I suspect the ‘freedom of information’ gang would be against this. But I see no reason why we should not remove stuff that is patently false.

        1. Yes, I agree, but I think the question would be something like, “who verifies the verifiers?” I’ve just come around to seeing how many idiots there are – many more than I thought.

  1. Do as I say, not as I do…ugh. These arrogant politicians make me ill. You’re right, nothing lasts forever. Just like spring, it’s beautiful for a short season and then its gone.

    1. Jill, you’ve got that right. There were a number of politicians who travelled over winter break (the rule is you’re only supposed to travel for essential reasons) to just sit on a beach. One of them, who was in the Caribbean somewhere, went to great lengths to send his constituents a Christmas video of himself where he’s wearing a turtleneck and sitting in front of a fire. What a hypocrite! When he came home he got sacked, and deservedly so.

      But yes, trying to keep my patience up. I know that the time will come when we will be saying things like, “remember when the pandemic was on?” 🙂

  2. It makes you wonder what things would have been like if our government (and others) were more strict about travel rules from the beginning. I’m so looking forward to just hugging family and friends again. Oh, and not wearing a mask. I’m so with you on that one. I have glasses and it’s a constant struggle to keep them from fogging up.

    1. I couldn’t agree more, especially where these variants are concerned. The international travel should have been stopped long ago.

      Yes, think those two are going to be my biggest delights. Can’t wait!

  3. Great timely post Lynette, especially with the vaccine delays, new variants, rule breakers and deniers. This is a game of patience for sure and even the most patient and most resilient are being tested. We have been through 3 sets of 3 bits of bad luck lately and with patience and effort, have repaired all but 2 of them. With luck another one bites the dust today hopefully, but one, a parent with a serious heart attack can not be resolved, despite monumental efforts from a province away. What am I looking forward to the most…face to face meetings with special people, hugs and the absence of fear that something we do will cause our demise or the demise of someone we love. I just do not get those who do not take this seriously. Flouting the rules and common sense just prolongs the shut downs. Stay well and maintain patience. Allan

    1. I’m with you all the way, Allan. It seems that there are always going be a contingent of selfish twits who have to be legislated into compliance. Not everyone is going to take responsibility or follow “suggestions,” and that seems to certainly be the case with these holidaying politicians.

      And frankly, there are at least three premiers who should be set adrift in a boat to nowhere. Allowing big box stores to stay open while independents are required to close? Allowing Christmas shopping while covid cases numbers are going wild? I know that the economy is important, but dying, literally, for stocking stuffers? Some of the decisions have been unbelievable.

      Thanks, Allan. I will do my best to stay well and patient, too.

  4. I’m looking forward to people not being so scared.
    If the virus disappeared today,It’ll take a year at least until people start relaxing and most likely years for many.
    Herd trust is gone.

    1. I think so, too. Recovery is going to take a long time, but I hope some perspectives change permanently, such as an appreciation for clean skies and water.

      Yes, a lowering of the fear factor is going to be wonderful.

  5. For the most part, none of this has really impacted me and how I go about things. Yes, there are absolutely differences and my Hubby is probably anxiously waiting until he is no longer the one that has to go to the store. I know my kids really want to get back to something resembling normal when it comes to school. As much as the kids look forward to the normal, they have really liked the pacing and format of online and my Hubby would be perfectly thrilled with not having a 45 minute commute to work ever again. I think the biggest for me is the quiet in the house when everyone is normally at work or at school. It is awesome having everyone home, but finding those quiet times is a whole lot harder right now.

    1. I haven’t been personally impacted all that much either (my work load increased a lot). As you can tell from this post, there are things I miss and my patience is wearing thin (I never want to smell hand sanitizer again!), but in comparison to people who have really suffered, I’m just whining.

  6. I look forward to feeling free again. To pack up the car, hit the road, and hike up some mountains. I also hope the world will learn from this, and make positive changes for the better. Lets all look forward to this passing soon 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mei, I hope so too, but when I think of how insistent many people were on shopping during December when cases were really climbing, I can’t help but think that there hasn’t been a lot of learning. I hope I’m wrong.
      Like you, I’m really looking forward to having that freedom back. 🙂

  7. I know what you mean. It was the same here in the UK, and very frustrating to witness. Maybe if we begin with ourselves, and know how we want things to be different, then maybe there will be hope for change 🙂

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