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Just a Gift

It is always nice to get a gift. In the current climate, a gift is particularly welcome. The “Just a Card” campaign sometimes uses the slogan “Just a Gift” and seeing that slogan this morning prompted me to write this.

With social distancing and shielding, getting gifts delivered is, for most people, the only practical solution. Obviously we need to think about delivery drivers and posties, but it seems to me the delivery companies have thought about this. Many are using contactless pick up and deliveries.

The Post Office has introduced procedures to protect their staff and the public. I was pleased to hear the local posties have got hand sanitisers, although their managers had to make a local plea for small bottles so the posties can easily carry it. Did you know you can get postage paid labels for things that fit in a post box? Going to the post office is more tricky, and the one in a local newsagent was a bit too cramped for my liking. The dedicated Post Office in the local supermarket looks more organised with a proper queue with 2 metre markings. However the wait looks quite lengthy (mind you it usually is in normal times).

What sort of gifts can we send:

  • Food gifts are particularly welcome to those in isolation. More and more butchers, farm shops and greengrocers are entering this market, having lost their regular customers, such as restaurants. My friend’s son sent her a vegetable box, with the biggest peppers she had ever seen.
  • I posted some socks I knitted to my daughter using a prepaid label. I also left some bits on Gemma’s doorstep as part of my daily walk. As a reminder to myself, that walk to their house is much better if you are allowed to have a break and a cup of coffee or a full meal when you get there. I hope those days return before long.
  • Last week Gemma and I did a virtual shopping trip. With a shared screen we chose yarn for her to make a rug for the baby’s room. The supplier warns there may be a delay in it arriving but it is something to look forward to. I snuck in a couple of balls of yarn for myself – so I may have to do the long walk to pick it up. I hoping to repeat the virtual shopping trip with my daughter who has a birthday later this month.
  • Buying gifts from online shops like Gemma’s is a way in which you can support small makers such as her. My son can pop small gifts in the post box. And Gemma is using a door to door delivery service to ship larger parcels. Have look at her online shop to see if there is a gift you would like sending to someone who needs cheering up. Or maybe buy something for yourself.

Take care of yourselves, and where possible stay at home.

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Life Guarding

It is only a week and a half since we went in to lockdown. The locked down population seems divided. Those people with kids are incredibly busy, whilst those without seem to be on the most boring holiday ever. There are also the heroic NHS staff and other key workers out there caring and supporting (life guarding) us all, to whom we are all immensely grateful.

Life Guarding

This week I was reminded of when my middle child was a life guard. While still at school he had got a job at the local leisure centre. They trained him up to be a life guard. When he came home from life guarding, I used to ask if he had saved anyone that day. His answer was always a variant on “Yes, by blowing my whistle I had stopped an accident”.

So in a similar spirit, when people in lockdown are asked if they have saved anyone, they can answer “Yes, by staying home”. Whether run ragged by small people, or bored silly, they’ve saved lives and they didn’t even need a whistle.

Take care and stay home.