31 March 2020 – 14:25 GMT – 10°C Mostly Cloudy – Co. Dublin, Ireland
It’s worse than many are being allowed to know. Fortunately our Irish leaders (who were voted out of office in the February national election) are concentrating on saving lives before jobs. And our opposition politicians appear united in supporting the outgoing government rather than political point-scoring to influence the outcome of talks on a new coalition government. Commendable behaviour. Reassuring in an age of demagogues and despots. And then there are some evangelists who believe they summoned help and that HE came down among them and eradicated the virus from The United States this past weekend.
I heard a British doctor make a great point: the medical workers wouldn’t need to be heroes if the NHS had been properly prepared. Reminded me of the stories of the charge of the light brigade in Crimea. And the alleged letter allegedly sent home by an alleged British soldier allegedly quoting a alleged Russian officer who allegedly said that British soldiers were “lions commanded by donkeys”.
We attended a virtual birthday party this evening. Our second in three days. This was a sixth birthday, and very important for the very excited birthday girl. She had grand-parents on the video call, calling from their homes in Dublin and France. And she could see her cousins from Wicklow. And various aunts and uncles in their homes in Dublin, Wicklow and Colombia. Pasta, chilli, cake and pizza were among the meals in each of the homes sharing this meal time. Eighteen people sang her Happy Birthday and then she showed her joy opening the presents she’d been able to get. We saw a lot of new beards in this global family video at a time where several of the family units are living under very different protocols.
And to think, just a few weeks ago, I was preparing for a four month excursion. I had expected to leave this day, to head to Manchester in order to start walking to Rome tomorrow, April Fools Day.