Pendemic

 

My contribution to the on-going Pendemic collection of thoughts on our lives with Covid has just been published.

You can read it here.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

28 thoughts on “Pendemic”

  1. Congratulations, Jane. Those meadows and all–it’s a very Jane poem (a good thing), but those empty lanes sound so desolate. And I know you must miss seeing your fledglings.

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss knowing that they are okay. I don’t want to keep butting in, but they keep in touch with one another and I get hints that this one might not be as happy as she lets on, or another might be more worried about his job than we think.
      Son came over on his day off work on Thursday (first one we’ve seen, as they’ve been afraid of bringing germs into our rareified atmosphere) to visit his Trixie…Better than nothing I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚
      The eldest and her companion would have been over on Sunday but I’ve put them off until next week. Had a migraine yesterday and they leave me feeling sick.

      1. I hope you’re feeling better, and I hope you’ll be able to see them, and not feel sick tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜€. It’s Father’s Day here tomorrow, so we’re going to have a Zoom dinner with our girls then.

    1. Thanks Willow. We saw our middle child on Thursday, not because he was worried about us or anything, but he wanted to see his cat…
      It was lovely to see him anyway, but it was a bit like a dream. We haven’t seen any of them since January.

      1. She’s not a sociable cat. She talks a lot and you can have a conversation with her, but she doesn’t do sitting on laps and being stroked.
        It was good to see him. We worry about the ones who are living alone. We only ever have their word that everything’s okay.

      2. Yes I have two of the boys living alone too and we worry about them as they are gregarious and like other humans and touch, video is not enough for them ๐Ÿ’œโ˜€๏ธ. Cats are always a law onto themselves. Very dismissive, and very often the talkative ones are the most offhand โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ

      3. Offhand ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that description of Trixie. She’s back to hunting already. There was a pile of entrails on the back step this morning.
        Our two who live alone say they prefer living alone, but it’s not the same when you can’t get out and meet other people.

      4. Yes that’s what mine say but as you say they have discovered diferently since lockdown. It was a tonic to see them all together after the funeral, even if they were all socially dancing around the garden ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜€

      5. I can imagine. I still can’t go for a walk after dark without worrying that I haven’t got my attestation to be out. It took over very quickly, that idea of having your papers in order and doing as you’re told.

      6. So strange and unusual, all these pandemic rules, it scares me. The hospital’s are scary places, we had to go there this morning as I had to have a check, all masks, gloves and strangely empty ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

      7. I know and as a patient I am just as careful and aware. There is a tension on the wards. The doctor’s though are great … mostly ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. Thank you. It’s a strange feeling, not so much the not seeing people, but the knowledge that they are there, not far away, but out of reach because we’re afraid of the invisible germs streaming between us.

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